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2017 JUDGES

Please note that if anyone contacts the judges it is immediate disqualification from the Awards.

  • Greg Simpson | Greg Simpson Music Services | Mind Benders | Director CMW | Director of the Year CMW | Artist Management

  • Jim Hussell  | The Rock Show | The Bunker @ Fluffy Bottom |  Rock Show Heights | The Radio Syndicate

  • Bj Zampa | House of Lords |  Maxx Explosion  |  D-Metal Stars  |  Dokken  |  MVP

  • Phil X  | The Drills | Bon Jovi | Tommy Lee | Powder | Triumph

  • Stan Miczek |  Alannah Myles |  Harem Scarem | Sass Jordan | Killer Dwarfs | Honeymoon Suite

BJ ZAMPA (USA)

House of Lords / Maxx Explosion / D-Metal Stars / Dokken / MVP)

​BJ ZAMPA (Drummer/Producer)  ... Zampa built Father Panic Studios and started producing local New England bands, when his old pal Ted Bullet ex (Thunderhead).  Without a guitar player or bass player Zampa looked up old pal from the local club days guitar great Jimi Bell ex (Geezer Butler/Joined Force) and Mark Franco ex (Joined Forces/Canyon) bass, to fill out the new Thunderhead lineup. Thunderhead toured Europe with "METAL GODS" OF THE 1980's Metal Church.  Back from Europe, and blown away by Thunderheads live shows Metal Church vocalist David Wayne called upon Bell, Zampa and Franco to join him in his new project called David Wayne's Metal Church.  The album was released by Nuclear Blast records and sold 30,000 units worldwide topping metal charts in Japan and Europe.

     Artists Zampa has worked with include: Mark Diglio (XYZ), John Aldrete (Racer X), Randy Jackson (American Idol/Whitney Houston), Wally Voss (MacAlpine/Malmsteen), Jon Brion (Music producer/composer/songwriter Aimee Mann/Fiona Apple).   As of 2006 Bj Zampa joined House of Lords (James Christian, Jimi Bell, Chris Tristram & BJ Zampa) the band has Seven (7) CD’s been on several World Tours.  BJ Zampa continues to play and write for the band.  Having toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents.

     In addition BJ is now playing on the new  CD Simply titled 'Metal Disney', the compilation features singer Michael Vescera (Obsession/ex Yngwie Malmsteen), guitarist John Bruno (Obsession), bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Whitesnake) and drummer BJ Zampa (House of Lords, Maxx Explosion & ex-Obsession), billed as “D-Metal Stars.” 'Metal Disney' CD release date was Oct. 5th 2016 in the Japanese market and released in the USA on Fri.31st.March 2017.

​     Session drummer for Fiona Flanagan (Solo Artist/Actress/80’s personality), D-Metal Stars (Disney Metal), Robin Beck (Solo Artist), James Christian (Solo Artist), Ronny Monroe (Metal Church), Tony MacAlpine (Guitarist), Robert Marcello (Danger Danger), Jay Jesse Johnson (Dead Ringer), Barry Sparks (UFO/Dokken), Yngwie Malsteen (The Bee’s), Joey Concepcion (Armageddon), Scott Rif Miller (Tango Down), Chris Bickley (Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez), John Colby (former Music Director at ESPN), David Spade (Comedian) session drummer for his late night talk show), Bobby Pieper (YXZ & Heven).

     Endorsed  By:  DDrums, Vic Firth & Paiste Cymbols. 

Website: BJ Zampa

Facebook: bjzampamusic

GREG SIMPSON (Canada)

Greg Simpson Music Services (Mind Benders | Director CMW | Director of the Year CMW | Artist Management)

Gregg is a music consultant and owner of Greg Simpson Music Services and has 52 years experience in the music and broadcasting industries.  He was twice honoured as Music Director of the Year at the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards, and has experience in every aspect of the industry.  Besides broadcasting, he managed retail stores for Sam the Record Man and Records on Wheels in the 70s and has taught at the college level.  He is, presently, in his 26th year as conference facilitator for Canadian Music Week, the nation's annual music convention. He is also proud of the work he did with The Jack Richardson Music Awards and the Great Lakes Blues Society, for each of which he was a founding director.

As an artist manager he has represented Thundermug and Shelly Rastin.

Website:  mindbenders.ca

JIM HUSSELL (United Kingdom)

Manages The Rock Show, The Bunker @ Fluffy Bottom, Rock Show Heights and The Radio Syndicate

Jim is a two-time award winning broadcaster, whose latest project The Rock Show has been running for 11 years.  In that time he's managed to turn a one hour fortnightly podcast into a weekly live radio presentation, which has gone as long as three hours, but since stabilized to two hour, & which the emanates from it's own premises (The Bunker) in deepest darkest west Wales.  'Big' Jim, as he's known to his friends & fans, has had a love of music since childhood, & is recognized to have knowledge of a varied spectrum of musical styles.  He's like a walking Shazam!  While he plays bass, he can't do six strings (yet), & in his own words he's far from being a musician ... "I'm a drummer mate!"

Manages The Rock Show, The Bunker @ Fluffy Bottom, Rock Show Heights and The Radio Syndicate United Kingdom

http://www.therockshow.co.uk

http://www.therockshowlive.com

http://www.therockshow.ltd.uk

PHIL X (USA)

The Drills, Bon Jovi, Tommy Lee, Powder, Triumph

Philip Xenidis, better known as Phil X, is a Greek-Canadian, musician and songwriter. Since 2013, he has played live with Bon Jov.  In 2013, he was originally an unofficial member when he first joined Bon Jovi. However in 2016, he was promoted to being an official band member, along with bassist Hugh McDonald, and he also provided lead guitar on the band's thirteenth studio album This House Is Not for Sale.

Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie, Chris Daughtry, Alice Cooper, Thousand Foot Krutch and many others. He wrote the song "Tired" and also played guitar on Tommy Lee's Tommyland: The Ride album. He has appeared with Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Phil X was featured in the "making of" bonus features for the movie Josie and the Pussycats. He acted as a music coach for the film and taught the young actresses to appear as if they were actually playing their instruments.

He is also a featured artist in the movie HIRED GUN (http://www.hiredgunthefilm.com) HIRED GUN Official Trailer - Rockumentary featuring Alice Cooper David Foster Phil X and More. Link: https://youtu.be/3FbeVB1lvd4

Website:  philx.tv

Facebook:  therealphilx

STAN MICZEK (Canada)

Alannah Myles, Harem Scarem, Sass Jordan, Killer Dwarfs, Honeymoon Suite

Stan Miczek is a profession: Musician, Bassist who is a 25 year pro in the music industry with well over 4000 live shows under his belt.  Stan has played with Sass Jordan since 1996 and this included playing alongside her at the 2003 SARS Concert.

In 1998 he joined Honeymoon Suite and played with them up to 2008.

Stan has also played with Killer Dwarfs from 2003-2005, the Darren Smith Band, Blood Red Flower, and bass instructor at T-Rox Music Academy.

Music Director & Musician for:  Jeff Healey: A 50th Celebration on Friday May 27th, 2016 @ Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  with Albert Lee, Sonny Landreth, Walter Trout, The Trews, Philip Sayce, the Jeff Healey Alumni Band and some very special surprise guests. 

Artists STAN has played with include:  JEFF HEALEY, MARK ST. JOHN (KISS), MIRON, PHEAR, SASS JORDAN, THOMAS BARLOW, TOM COCHRANE, The GUESS WHO , ​A IS A, ALAN FREW, ALANNAH MYLES, ANDY KIM, BLOOD RED FLOWER, DARREN SMITH Band, DRIFTERS, EARTH BOY, KILLER DWARFS, HONEYMOON SUITE, HAREM SCAREM & GROOVESTONE.

Website: Stan Miczek Musician

Facebook:  STANworldmusic

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