Michigan rock legend, Dick Wagner, renowned for his work with ALICE COOPER, LOU REED, AEROSMITH, KISS, and THE FROST, has assembled a group of top tier Detroit musicians to record MOTOR CITY MUSIC, an anthem penned by Wagner to celebrate the vibrant musical heritage of Detroit.
Wagner's fusion of DETROIT rockers and MOTOWN soul brings together the spirit of the most influential forms of Detroit music, known and emulated worldwide. Gathering together prominent Michigan artists and session musicians at HARMONIE PARK STUDIOS in Detroit, Wagner recorded MOTOR CITY MUSIC to support the unique "Bicycle Ministry" of BROTHER AL MASCIA.
BROTHER AL peddles his bicycle cart through the streets of downtown Detroit, delivering hot drinks, food and warm clothing directly to the homeless. The proceeds from Motor City Music will enable Brother Al to purchase additional carts and food, and to expand his services to those in need.
Musicians participating in the MOTOR CITY MUSIC recording session include DICK WAGNER, ROBERT WAGNER, JIM MCCARTY, RAY GOODMAN, PRAKASH JOHN, JOHNNY BEE BADANJEK, JIMMIE BONES, DENNIS BURR, and TY STONE. Joining the rockers on background vocals is renowned Motown vocalist, PAT LEWIS, whose voice has graced the recordings of thousands of Motown hit songs. Adding a taste of Motown and African percussion are artists GARY JONES and MURUGA.
Collectively, the musicians recording for Brother Al have recorded with ALICE COOPER, MITCH RYDER, KID ROCK, THE FUNKADELICS, AEROSMITH, LOU REED, HANK WILLIAMS, SRC, THE SUPREMES, STEVIE WONDER, HOT BUTTERED SOUL, ISAAC HAYES, MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS, GLADYS KNIGHT, PETER GABRIEL, MARVIN GAYE, THE TEMPTATIONS, and many other top recording artists.
Songwriter/guitarist/producer, Dick Wagner, tells us: “By fusing the Detroit sound in word and voice, my intention is to add a new but familiar energy to the positive things that are Detroit. This session is not about commercial success; it’s about a gathering of souls in tribute to the city of Motown, Bob Seger, Stevie Wonder, Mitch Ryder and the continuum of super talents that represent Detroit and its generous people. We are all committed to help create a means of support for Brother Al and his ministry, especially with the Michigan winter just around the corner.”
Wagner adds, “Please download 'Motor City Music' and help Brother Al carry out a life’s work and calling. As you listen, you will know that your small financial contribution will be an important part of comforting a homeless fellow human being, through the blessed ministry of a Saint of the Streets, Bother Al.”
To donate or help the efforts of Brother Al Mascia, contact St. Aloysius outreach ministries at 313-237-5810 or contact Mascia at 313-320-0548
ABOUT DICK WAGNER: Hit Songwriter, Legendary Lead Guitar Player, Producer, Award Winning Author
DICK WAGNER’S songs and lead guitar have been featured on more 350 renowned albums, garnering more than 35 Platinum and Gold records, BMI songwriter awards, Emmys and numerous prestigious international awards.
The Detroit area native helped define an era in rock history by playing lead guitar and writing songs for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Kiss, Lou Reed, The Frost, The Bossmen, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Guns N’ Roses, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Etta James, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lita Ford, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and many more.
September 2010: GIBSON.COM selected the guitar duo of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter as #25 out of 50 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time” for their sizzling and legendary guitar work on Lou Reed’s live album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal.
Legendary for his groundbreaking collaborations with Alice Cooper—for whom he was musical director, lead guitarist and co-writer of the icon’s biggest hits, including "Only Women Bleed," "You and Me," and "Welcome To My Nightmare, "Wagner was Cooper’s right hand man on such groundbreaking albums as Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Lace and Whiskey, From the Inside, The Alice Cooper Show and Da Da. Together, Cooper and Wagner co-wrote the majority of Alice Cooper's top selling singles and albums, including more than 50 songs that are featured on Alice Cooper albums worldwide.
The youth of the Midwest first took notice of Wagner’s talent in 1964, when he formed his wildly popular band THE BOSSMEN, whose songs like Baby Boy were #1 radio favorites in the mid-west. In the late 1960s, as Wagner's work became more complex and featured a harder edge, he formed THE FROST, recording three Billboard charted albums and drawing enthusiastic crowds to hear songs like "Mystery Man" and "Rock N' Roll Music."
Nearly fifty years after launching his storied and dynamic career, hit songwriter, guitar virtuoso, producer and arranger, Dick Wagner, remains a brilliant and vibrant force on the pop/rock landscape he helped create.