Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Tommy Thayer (KISS), Eric Singer (KISS) and Robbie Krieger (The Doors) performed Thursday night (March 28) at a concert to celebrate the opening of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school is part of The Boys And Girls Club of Sioux Falls, and it offers music education programs to kids in Sioux Falls and surrounding towns.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Photos are available at B1027.com.
Cooper, who founded Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation in Phoenix, was on hand to help Chuck Brennan, CEO of Dollar Loan Center and namesake of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, announce the academy's formation last year. "He has been an incredible mentor and supporter in helping bring the academy to my hometown," said Brennan. "I grew up just a few blocks from here and know first-hand how important it is for kids to explore their passions and be supported in that."
The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy will provide the first-ever free music education program for children in The Boys And Girls Of The Sioux Empire, focusing on rock and roll instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals.
Cooper told radio station B102.7 in Sioux Falls that his school took nearly 14 years to open, but now serves 100 kids every day. "All kids that would have been in gangs, would have been out selling drugs, buying drugs, taking drugs or shooting people. And now they’re playing guitars, playing bass and drums."
Brennan has a lifelong love for rock and roll. Before founding Dollar Loan Center in Sioux Falls, Brennan opened and operated one of the largest rock concert halls in the Midwest, The Blitz Ballroom.