vrijdag 21 november 2008

Jason Becker article in Aardschok Magazine

This month's edition (12 / december 2008) of Aardschok magazine covers a 2 page interview with Jason Becker. Aardschok is the leading Dutch Rock magazine, and has supported Jason from his early days !

Make sure to pick up your copy, when in the Dutch neighbourhood....... :-)
If you want the .pdf version of the article, send me your e-mail address and I will mail it to you.
By the way, the guy on the picture next to Jason is not me, it is Dennis Mollan, proudly showing the Jason Becker Distortion Pedal, made by ProTone Pedals. Take care, and I hope you enjoy Jason's new CD as much as I do !

woensdag 12 november 2008

Mission completed !

After 10 months of intense training I have finished the New York Marathon last Sunday November 2. It was an INCREDIBLE and FANTASTIC experience running through the streets of New York City with 40,000 runners, being cheered by 2 million New Yorkers. My God, the crowd was so amazing……. Thank you New York for supporting us runners !

Starting from the Verrazano Bridge on Staten Island, we ran through Brooklyn (great atmosphere !), and Queens, before entering into Manhattan. My start was good, too good to be true, so when I arrived on 1st Avenue I was punished very hard for that. East Manhattan and the Bronx were very heavy for me, and when I arrived in Central Park I was blessed with so many people yelling me to the finish line. Also, having a carefully selected playlist (see image) with some of the best music around on my iPod helped tremendously. It was an intense moment of glory passing the finish line (and a BIG relief as well :-) ……) with Jason's 'Meet me in the morning' on the iPod……..Despite the cold weather and the differences in altitudes, my finish time was 3:47:05, which is a time I could only dream of.

All of you know that I ran this race also for Jason Becker. The past 10 months I have been very involved in setting up a Charity for Jason around this marathon. The element of being able to do something for a fellow human being in need, was and is very rewarding and just gave this triumphant run an extra flavor. The Charity for Jason was very successful, I have been able to raise some good funds for Jason and it got a lot of attention on the internet in several rock-communities. I am very glad I could help a bit to raise some more awareness for Jason's cause.

From now on the Charity activities will be on a much lower level in it's current form. There are some more rock memorabilia items that will be auctioned over the next couple of weeks and months, since they are still underway from some musicians. Keep an eye out for that, some great stuff coming ! I have some rough ideas on how to possibly continue activities for Jason, but I need to give them some more thoughts and I will be back in 2009.

Of course I could not have done all of this without the help of many people, without whom this Charity would never have been a success, let me thank the following people:

Jason Becker: the man that has inspired me from the moment I first heard about him in the late 80's. Jason, you have been such a great source of inspiration, musically but especially as a human being. Your way of looking at life, people & society has been so valuable, it makes me very humble and grateful for all that I have. I have enjoyed your music every day for the last 20 years and I will do so for the next 20 years, it makes me so happy and also makes me realize how terrifying talented you are ! Thanks my friend for everything !

Pat Becker: Pat, thank you very much for believing in me, and helping me to fight and get this Charity running for Jason ! You are a great person. Your love for Jason is so great to see, and on behalf of all of Jason's fans I thank you for taking care of Jason in such a fantastic manner.

Frankie Banali, Tony Mills & Will Schut: You guys have been extremely helpful; you have a very good heart and love for your fellow musician Jason. You do what you promise and this has helped me enormously ! Love you guys !

And more rockers: the following rockers have helped me out very well by donating some of their valuables so that I could auction them for Jason. Please know that your stuff sold very well ! Thanks you for the great support: Paul Gilbert, Virgil Donati, Ray Luzier, Rusty Cooley, Bumblefoot, Steve Stevens, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Gus G., Chris Amott, Marcel Coenen, Gert Nijboer, Joe Stump, Phi-Yaan Zek, Lale Larson, Ron Keel, Craig Erickson, Marco Minnemann, Carl Canedy, Joey Allen, Shane Gaalaas, Eric Vandenberg & Danny Seraphine.

All of my friends in cyberspace: many people have supported my Charity for Jason by all means. Some stopped by the MySpace page every now and then, some promoted the Charity on their sites, some did a donation, some helped out by advising me etc. etc. This has all meant a lot to me. A big THANK YOU for the following people: Greg Phillips, PaScAlee, Rod DeGeorge, John Denner, Fredrik Prantare, Erick Ferini, Sebastian Salinas, Licia, Michelle and Lois, Dennis from ProTone Pedals, Stuart from Paradise Guitars, Laurie Monk, Andrew McNeice of MelodicRock.com, Rory Sullivan of Alloutguitar.com, Oscar van Eijk of Aardschok.com, Jason Houston, Bas Verbeek of Brabants Dagblad, Jonathan Artz, Markus, Jeremy K., Linn, Roemir & Di and to all the people that made a donation for jason ! Thanks to you all, it has been a great couple of months and I hope we can stay in touch somehow ! Take Care, Ron

donderdag 30 oktober 2008

The final countdown !

The countdown has started to November 4 ! Sure, it's the day of the elections, but also the day that Jason's new CD 'the Jason Becker Collection' will be released ! Make sure to BUY the album, it will be out on iTunes ! Downloading does not help Jason in anyway !

As you may recall the album will feature 3 new tracks and guest appearances of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Marty Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins and Steve Hunter.

In the meantime, check out the Jason Becker Signature Guitar, built by Paradise Guitars USA. Many thanks to Stuart (of Paradise Guitars) who did an amazing job in producing this beautiful guitar.

On the websites of Paradise Guitars USA http://paradiseguitarsusa.com/guitars.html & http://www.myspace.com/paradiseguitarsusa you can find out more information on this guitar and how to order it.

donderdag 9 oktober 2008

Bid on JASON BECKER Guitar Pick !

The auction that I have set up for Jason now has it's finest item up for bidding....... guess what ? It's an original JASON BECKER Guitar Pick. The 'pooping dog' artwork on the Pick was done by Jason's Father Gary. It's a real jewel for Jason's fans, so make sure to bid (Auction will expire October 17) !

Check it out here: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/coolenron , and don't forget to look for other GREAT auction items of the following artists: Paul Gilbert- Racer X- Ray Luzier (Korn)- David Lee Roth Band- Arch Enemy - Christopher Amott (Arch Enemy)- Mr Big- Joe Stump- Gus G- Howling Iguanas- Firewind- Marcel Coenen- Highway Chile- Craig Erickson- Tony Mills (TNT, Shy)- Shy- Ron Keel's K2.

maandag 29 september 2008

Meeting Paul Gilbert

I had the BIG pleasure to meet Paul Gilbert last week. Paul played a gig in Oss (Netherlands) and as expected it was an incredible concert !! What an amazing player !! And what an incredible nice guy Paul is. He signed a lot of stuff which is being auctioned for Jason right now. So make sure to check on eBay for your favorite Paul Gilbert memorabilia item: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/coolenron

And also, make sure to check on www.paulgilbert.com for Pauls European Tour dates and then go and witness this incredible experience!
Thanks Paul for all of your support to Jason !

donderdag 18 september 2008

Bid on Mike Keneally's drawing for Jason

Next to being a great personality and a great player, MIKE KENEALLY is also a very qualified artist. This beautiful drawing was made by Mike especially for Jason Becker, and donated to our Charity to be auctioned on behalf of Jason. The auction opened a minute ago and will expire September 28, so make sure you bid on this beautiful & unique piece of art. Check out all the auction details here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250297009547 .

Make sure to check the other auction items from Bumblefoot, Frankie Banali, Ray Luzier, Gus G (Firewind), Marcel Coenen, Steve Vai, Joe Stump, Craig Erickson, Tony Mills, Shy, Ron Keel & Phi Yaan Zek at: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/coolenron

dinsdag 16 september 2008

Ray Luzier & the Jason Becker Pedal

Ray Luzier donates to the Auction

I met up with Korn drummer Ray Luzier last Sunday when Ray played a fantastis drumclinic at the Drumworld Festival in the Netherlands. Besides being an amazing player, Ray is an extremely nice guy and he donated some signed drumheads and signed CD’s.

The first two drumheads are being auctioned as we we speak, the other stuff will be auctioned over the next weeks, so stay tuned to the Auction Page http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/coolenron

Make sure to check here the other auction items from Bumblefoot, Frankie Banali, Virgil Donati, Gus G (Firewind), Marcel Coenen, Steve Vai, Joe Stump, Craig Erickson, Tony Mills, Shy, Ron Keel & Phi Yaan Zek

Jason Becker Distortion Pedal ready to order !

The Jason Becker Distortion pedal can be ordered from ProTone via their MySpace site. They do not offer it yet via their official website so make sure you order this beautiful baby here: http://protonepedals.com/products/distortion/becker.html

Also very nice is the podcast that has been published by Dennis of ProTone. Dennis talks about his visit to Jason, and how he and Jason worked together on this one…… very cool !http://blog.protonepedals.com/2008/09/13/pro-tone-pedals-podcast-6.aspx

OR download the podcast straightaway from this link: http://media.podcastingmanager.com/39711-36605/Media/Pod%20Cast%205.mp3

Finally: the full interview with Jason is now published on the website of Holland’s leading Rockmag Aardschok. You can view it here: http://www.aardschok.com/