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Ducati All-Stars (featuring Jason Bonham)

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Legendary Rock Royalty Come Together for a Night of Ducati Motorcycles and Rock Music

'Ducati All Stars' Perform One-Night-Only at the Roxy Theatre Saturday, January 2 for all to come and enjoy

Press Release -

Cupertino, Calif. (23 December 2009) - In order to kick start 2010 in true rock n' roll fashion, Ducati North America is proud to announce a special one-night-only performance of motorcycle-loving legendary musicians banded together as the 'Ducati All Stars' January 2.The group, that got their starts from various iconic bands, will link up for a special show at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Calif. for a concert filled with some of rock's greatest hits and pure blood pumping music. Doors open at 9 p.m., yet prior to the 11 p.m. concert, 'Ducati All Stars' will make their way down legendary the Sunset Strip to the Roxy on Ducati's hottest motorcycles.

The show is open to the public, and Ducatisti are encouraged to come out and take part in this epic evening of bikes and music. The band will be firing on all cylinders; playing covers spanning the 70's through the 90's for everyone to enjoy. It will be an evening not to miss!

'Ducati All Stars' members include:

* Steve Jones - guitar (Sex Pistols)

* Jason Bonham - drums (Led Zeppelin 2008)

* Steve Stevens - guitar (Billy Idol)

* Billy Morrison - guitar & vocals (Camp Freddy & Circus Diablo)

* Mark McGrath - Vocals (Sugar Ray)

* Chris Wyse - bass (The Cult)

* Donovan Leitch - vocals (Camp Freddy & son of legendary singer Donovan Leitch)

* Franky Perez - vocals (Scars on Broadway)

For more information about the Roxy Theatre and to purchase tickets, please visit theroxyonsunset.com or call the box office:

Roxy Theatre on Sunset

9009 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 278-9457

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The company produces motorcycles in six market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Streetfighter, Monster, Multistrada, SportClassic and Hypermotard. The company's motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, North American and Japan markets. Ducati competes in the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In World Superbike, Ducati won both the 2008 Manufacturers' and Riders' titles, bringing the total to 16 of the last 19 Manufacturers' titles and 13 Riders' titles. Competing in MotoGP since 2003, Ducati won both the Constructors' and Riders' world titles in 2007. For more information, please visit our web site at www.ducati.com.

Edited by SteveAJones

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'Ducati All Stars' concert packs THE ROXY Theatre on Sunset

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Ducati North America and a group of rock royalty known as the 'Ducati All Stars', kicked off 2010 with a high-energy show at the legendary Roxy Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 2. The inaugural 'Ducati All Stars' Concert was packed with Southern California motorcycle and music enthusiasts as the group of rock and roll heroes took the stage into the early morning hours.

With classics like "Highway Star," "Rebel Yell" and "Holidays in the Sun" on the set list, a renegade spirit was in the air and it was clear: motorcycle rock is back… but it has an Italian mistress.

"We all wanted to bring Rock n Roll and Motorcycles together in a cool way... something other than the stereotypical long hair/denim vest/custom chopper combo" said 'Ducati All Stars' guitarist Billy Morrison. "The gig was amazing, with beautiful Ducati motorcycles everywhere... including a Desmosedici RR on the stage!"

'Ducati All Stars' musicians included:

Steve Jones guitar (Sex Pistols)

Jason Bonham drums (Led Zeppelin 2008)

Steve Stevens guitar (Billy Idol)

Billy Morrison guitar & vocals (Camp Freddy & Circus Diablo)

Mark McGrath Vocals (Sugar Ray)

Chris Wyse bass (The Cult)

Donovan Leitch vocals (Camp Freddy & son of legendary singer Donovan Leitch)

Franky Perez vocals (Scars on Broadway)

"This was a night to remember," said Ducati North America CEO Michael Lock. "Adrenalin-soaked, raw rock met Ducati's booming motorcycles and it was a perfect fit! A great way to start the year…"

To top off the exciting weekend, on Sunday, Jan. 3 the 'Ducati All Stars' and Ducati North America staffers rode from the Sunset Strip to Highway 1 and then through the scenic Malibu Canyons. Billy Morrison rode Ducati's flagship, the Desmosedici RR. "Describing the extraordinary feeling of riding an $80,000, 200+hp MotoGP replica motorcycle around the twisty canyon roads with mere words is practically impossible. Adjectives such as stunning, fast, beautiful, fast, powerful, fast, lightweight, fast, expensive and ... um... fast, are simply not enough!"

Edited by SteveAJones

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Ducati All Stars

The Roxy in West Hollywood

January 2, 2010

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Ducati All Stars pose outside The Roxy in West Hollywood, January 2, 2010

Left to Right: Chris Wyse, Jason Bonham, Steve Jones, Franky Perez, Donovan Leitch, Mark McGrath, Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison

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Jason Bonham performing with Ducati All Stars, The Roxy in West Hollywood, January 2, 2010

Both photos courtesy of Ducati

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Ducati All Stars

The Roxy in West Hollywood

January 2, 2010

www.motorcycle.com

Ducati All Stars Concert

Rock legends pimp for Italian Motorcycles

By Kevin Duke, Jan. 05, 2010, Photography by Ducati and by Pete Brissette

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Attitude. Rebellion. Soul. Volume.

These are just a few of the commonalities between motorcycles and rock 'n' roll. This connection was fully on display at a Ducati-sponsored concert last weekend at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

Several legendary rockers joined together for a night of music, selected because of their affinity for Ducati motorcycles. Billed as "Ducati All Stars," the eight-piece ensemble cranked out a set of classic rock cover songs in front of Ducati supporters and the general public at the famous rock venue.

The unusual part of this rock show was that the band rode to the gig on motorcycles. Mark McGrath and Jason Bonham were riding borrowed press bikes, but the rest of the lineup rumbled up to the gig on their own Ducatis.

A full house at the Roxy awaited the band, and a tricked out Desmosedici provided an appropriate backdrop for the rumbling and bombast up front.

"Going into the evening, I wasn't expecting a big turnout for an event that wasn't receiving heaps of billing, said MO's Pete "King of the Shootouts" Brissette. "But, wow, was I wrong! I was stunned at the line at the door, and what was essentially standing room only inside the fabled Roxy.

"...a tricked out Desmosedici provided an appropriate backdrop for the rumbling and bombast up front."

Classic rock hits were served up by the revolving cast of musicians, from Deep Purple's "Highway Star" to Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" sung by the appropriately spikey-haired Morrison, accompanied on guitar by Stevens and Jones.

Between a pair of songs, Morrison yelled to the crowd, "Forget about Harley-Davidsons – get yourself an Italian bike!"

McGrath impressed for his version of Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever," belting out an edgier side than most are familiar with from him. McGrath also nailed a version of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak," supported ably on guitar by the ex-Pistols' Jones. Bonham proved his DNA by hammering out a cooking version of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," including a requisite pounding drum solo. The show closed with a simmering version of The Who's anthem "Baba O'Riley" (aka "Teenage Wasteland").

"...Morrison yelled to the crowd, 'Forget about Harley-Davidsons – get yourself an Italian bike!'"

"Although the eclectic mix of seasoned rockers was impressive," Pete commented after the show, "what I think impressed me more was their mutual love of motorcycling. The icing on the cake was that the veteran rockers are real riders, not weekend warriors looking to ride the latest profile-boosting wave of trends."

Earlier in the evening, Pete asked me the premise behind such a party. I replied that it was probably to help make Ducati appear fashionable set inside the glitz of Hollywood.

"The show actually wasn't a way to make us look fashionable," explained Ducati's John Paolo Canton afterward, "but more of a 'thank you' to dealers, media, industry and race team partners, and other friends of the company.

"We are small enough that we couldn't make Ducati what it is today without all of this help, Canton continued. "From Oakley to GE Finance to Ducati Owners Club presidents, we wanted to give everyone a little back for all the help they give us throughout the year. More so now than ever we all need to remember we do it for the love of bikes."

It sounds –literally – good to us. Let's do it again next month!

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The Cast

Jason Bonham: Son of drumming god John Bonham and drummer for Led Zeppelin 2008, Jason's ride is a Ducati

Steve Jones: Guitarist for the prototypical punk band Sex Pistols, Jonsey rides a Hypermotard S and a GT1000.

Donovan Leitch, Jr.: Vocalist for Camp Freddy, the erstwhile actor is also the son of legendary '60s psychedelic folkster Donovan Leitch, author of "Sunshine Superman," "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "Mellow Yellow."

Mark McGrath: Singer for the band Sugar Ray, famous for the pop hit "Fly," McGrath owns a Ducati GT1000. People magazine's "Sexiest Rocker of 1998" and a sometime TV personality.

Billy Morrison: After gaining prominence playing guitar with'80s rockers The Cult, Morrison now gigs with Camp Freddy and Circus Diablo when he's not riding his Ducati Sport 1000S.

Frankie Perez: The energetic singer from Scars on Broadway, Perez rides a Ducati Streetfighter S.

Steve Stevens: Stevens vaulted himself to legend status via his guitar work on Billy Idol's biggest hits in the '80s, most of which he co-wrote.

Chris Wyse: Morrison's former bandmate as bassist in The Cult.

Edited by SteveAJones

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News Update:

Future DUCATI ALL STARS performances are in the works, and may include a West Coast tour and dates overseas.

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News Update:

Future DUCATI ALL STARS performances are in the works, and may include a West Coast tour and dates overseas

:yes2:

..although I bet it won't be the UK <_<

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