Share the Memories from 2015!
Given the success of 2014, there were high expectations for the 2015 PITTSBURGH ROCK ‘N ROLL LEGENDS AWARDS, which did not disappoint! There were shot-serving aerialists, an energetic dance troupe and an acoustic performance by Donnie Iris and
Rick Witkowski in the outside VIP Lounge, plus another explosive performance by the amazing All-Star band. This year’s concert by Iris, Joe Grushecky, Billy Price, Johnny Angel, Rick Witkowski, Ed Manion of the E Street Band, Hermie Granati, Art Nardini, Frank Czuri,
Joffo Simmons, Rusted Root and Donna Groom of the Skyliners, brought the house down as they played their own music and a tribute to each of the 11 nominees in the newly expanded award categories.
It was a big leap forward in 2015 with regard to voting procedures, as Cancer Caring Center organizers expanded the awards to encompass three categories, empaneled a blue ribbon Nominating Committee, created an Academy of Voters comprised of some
200 area musicians and music pros, engaged over a thousand fan voters and created an independent review panel to oversee voting results. Awardees in 2015 were Donnie Iris as the Modern Era Legend, Lou Christie as the Legacy Legend and Porky Chedwick as the Music Industry Professional Legend. All were paid tribute in touching videos, created by superlative host for the second year, former rock DJ Steve Hansen, joined by the always entertaining Larry Richert of KDKA Radio.
An outstanding auction with memorabilia from Tony Bennett to Bon Jovi, KISS and Bruce Springsteen capped off another rocking awards tribute to the amazing musical talent that has called Pittsburgh and Western PA home. With the move to STAGE AE in 2016, music fans can expect an even more amazing show on April 28! You won’t want to miss it!