VRHMA w/ Twisted Sister, Doro, Chuck Billy, Rudy Sarzo and more… @Eastside Cannery 5-15-16

The first annual “Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards” (Which used to just be called Vegas Rocks! Awards Show) show was held at the East Side Cannery in Las Vegas and created by Sally Steel from Vegas Rocks! Magazine on Sunday the 15th 2016.

Awards were given out to many legendary musicians from the past 35+ years of glam/hair metal genre’s.

Awards given were:

Twisted Sister: “Lifetime Achievement” Award

Scorpions: “Classic Rock Outstanding Lifetime Achievement” Award

Doro Pesch: “Metal Goddess Legend” Award

Stephen Pearcy: “Hair Metal Hero” Award

Winger: “Hair Metal Heros” Award

Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot: “Pioneer’s of Metal” Award

Angel: “Glam Rock Legend” Award (First time onstage together in 35 years)

Rudy Sarzo: “Bass rock Legend” Award

Brian Tichy: “Outstanding Drum Performance” Award

Marq Torien & The Bullet Boys: “Outstanding Performer” Award

Pretty Boy Floyd:”Sunset Strip Glam Kings” Award

There was a crazy packed red carpet with many famous rock celebrities walking the carpet for the paparazzi like, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Stephen Pearcy Band, Rudy and Robert Sarzo, Ron Jeremy, Queensryche, Scorpions, Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick of Testament, Eddie Trunk, Pretty Boy Floyd, Kip Winger and Reb Beach, Murray, Nadir D’Priest and the guys from the new movie “Hair I Go Again”. Many of our own home town celebs came out like, The Sin City All Stars with Oz Fox, Drew Hart, Blas Elias and Scott Griffin. The stars of Raiding the Rock Vault were on hand, as were the house band for the night, Chaotic Resemblance. Tribute bands on hand were: Sin City KISS, Lovedrive, Fleetwood Nicks, and Arms of America. 

The show was emceed by Sally Steel and “Gigolo’s” star Nick Hawk. After each artist or band performed, they would accept their award after. The only bands that didn’t perform was Angel and The Scorpions. They did a great all star tribute to Lemmy and Eddie Trunk did a 10 minute tribute to his favorite band Angel. After 35 years this legendary band all got together on one stage for the first time in 35 years to accept their awards. The best performance of the night for me, was Twisted Sister with Frankie Banali on drums. That was a match made in heavy metal heaven!!

The night ended with an all star version of “Crazy Train” with Brian Tichy on drums, Rudy Sarzo on bass, Doro, Stephen Pearcy, Kip Winger, Chuck Billy and Dee Snider on vocals. Robert Sarzo and Reb Beach on guitars.

The show was a who’s who in rock n roll and I for one, had a blast!!


  • Client: Sin City Presents
  • Year: 2016
  • Agency: Photography of Leah Burlington