Jeff Beck, Joe Perry and All-Star Band triumph at Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo

11 November 2016 Share this

Jeff Beck (Photo: Michiko Yamamoto)

Def Leppard, Jeff Beck, The Struts and Cheap Trick were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour today.

The ceremony was held in Japan for the first time ever, with the spiritual home of Sumo wrestling Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo packed with 8000 rock fans for the star-studded event.

The sold-out crowd saw performances from Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Rudolf Schenker, Johnny Depp, Phil Collen and Joe Elliott, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Tesla, Cheap Trick, and a house band made up of Rob and Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Tommy Hendriksen of Hollywood Vampires.

Hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, the celebration saw Jeff Beck presented with The Icon award by Led Zeppelin hero Jimmy Page, while Scorpions man Rudolf Schenker presented Richie Sambora with the Classic Songwriter prize.

Def Leppard scooped the fan-voted Album Of The Year prize for their self-titled album and Queen's The Studio Collection took the gong for Reissue Of The Year, also voted for by the fans.

Jeff Lynne's ELO were voted Band Of The Year by the fans, while X Japan mainman Yoshiki was named The Asian Icon.

One Ok Rock were named Eastern Breakthrough Male Band and The Struts were voted Best New Band by fans. Band-Maid took the Japan Next Generation prize.

There were performance awards for Slot Machine and Sarah Geronimo, while an All-Star Band led by Jeff Beck and featuring members of Stone Temple Pilots and Hollywood Vampires man Johnny Depp performed live at the sold-out venue.

TeamRock Chief Executive Billy Anderson says: "It was a bold move to take the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour to Japan for the first time and we are delighted that it has been such a huge success.

"The lineup put together for the sell-out crowd who flocked to the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium was spectacular and every one of them will remember this night for years to come. We truly made history with this lineup.

"Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Queen, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Yoshiki and Def Leppard are truly worthy winners and we continue to champion up-and-coming bands, with The Struts taking the Best New Band prize.

"And playing host to some incredible performances by some of the best rock acts in Asia will hopefully help bring these exciting artists to a new audience. Katsuya Kobayashi, Yoshiki, One Ok Rock and Band-Maid gave the show something very special.

"Seeing Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck up there with members of Stone Temple Pilots as part of the house band was a sight few would have imagined seeing.

"TeamRock is the global home of rock and metal – and tonight we proved just how widespread the appetite is for rock music. I would like to thank all of the artists who helped make this such a wonderful event and I reserve special thanks for the Japanese rock fans who generated an incredible atmosphere."

The full list of winners can be viewed below.

Award Winner
The Showmen Cheap Trick
Best New Band The Struts
Classic Songwriter Richie Sambora
Band Of The Year Jeff Lynne's ELO
Reissue Of The Year Queen - The Studio Collection
Asian Performance Slot Machine
Japan Next Generation Band-Maid
Asian Performance Sarah Geronimo
The V.I.P. Katsuya Kobayashi
Eastern Breakthrough Male Band One Ok Rock
The Asian Icon Yoshiki
Album Of The Year Def Leppard - Def Leppard
The Icon Jeff Beck


Notes to Editors

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About Parallel Contemporary Music International (PCMI)
Parallel Contemporary Music International (PCMI) is the appointed representative of TeamRock in Asia. Its sister company, Parallel Contemporary Music (PCM) is a sponsorship and marketing agency for music rights across the region. PCM has over 10 years of experience in the Asian music marketplace and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. PCM has experience completing sponsorship deals and being instrumental to the creation of new music ventures. Through its associated music business, PCM has secured underwriting for an annual dance music event in Tokyo from 2016 and launched collaboration with Google/YouTube to create CenterStage in Asia, the first edition of which took place at Bon Jovi's concert in September 2015, Indonesia.

About KLab/ KLab Entertainment
KLab offers high-quality mobile online games designed and developed in-house. KLab Entertainment is a KLab subsidiary company which specialises in events and licensing business. KLab Entertainment will utilise KLab’s knowhow of obtaining IP to continue to organise a variety of events. KLab group, by fusing the planning ability of KLab Entertainment and the technical strength of KLab, will grow into substantial entertainment company.


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