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Thayer, Singer help open Brennan R&R Academy

Mar 31, 2013 | Posted in News & Updates

From SF GATE

Here's Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer getting ready to rock the Brennan Academy with Joey Allen, Chuck Garric, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Alice Cooper and Sebastian Bach last night in South Dakota.

Excerpts from a story by By DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

The $1,000-a-ticket concert is a fundraiser for the center, which is the brainchild of Sioux Falls native Chuck Brennan. Brennan, the founder of short-term lender Dollar Loan Center, based his idea on Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation in Phoenix.

Cooper said about 100 kids a night are flocking to his Solid Rock center, which opened about two years ago.

"If you take one kid out of a gang and get him involved in rock 'n' roll or get him involved in a guitar or bass or drums, you don't just change that kid, you change the neighborhood," he said.

The Sioux Falls academy has had the feel of an exclusive, intimate venue this week, but starting in April it will become the afternoon home for young people looking to learn or improve their skills in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or vocals.

Lessons will be given in nine soundproof rehearsal rooms, five of which are wired to a professional mixing and recording studio. The four upstairs rehearsal rooms will honor KISS, with each decorated as an homage to the band members' characters: The Demon, Starchild, Catman and Spaceman.

KISS' Thayer, who grew up playing saxophone in a school music program before he ever touched a guitar, said the facility will spark kids' creative side.

"I'm blown away with this whole facility," Thayer said. "I think it's a great thing."