Metal rocker Willie Basse brings food drive tour to Janesville’s The Back Bar Dec. 15

Staff Report

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Metal rocker Willie Basse will bring his “Feed America — Now, Concerts to End Hunger” tour to The Back Bar in Janesville, Wis., Thursday, Dec. 15.

Basse is well known for his band the Black Sheep. He has played with some of the most recognized musicians in the United States, recorded his last CD with George Lynch, and was just signed to do a TV special about his life as a musician.

A fixture on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip in the 1980s, Basse fronted metal’s Black Sheep, which at various times included such members as Slash (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Paul Gilbert (Racer X/Mr. Big), James Kottak (Scorpions/Warrant), and the late Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne/Mötley Crüe).

Basse is recording bass parts for Snew’s new album. He serves as a Rock ’N’ Roll fantasy camp instructor at the Playboy Mansion, along with KISS’s Paul Stanley and Dokken’s George Lynch. For more about Basse, visit

Basse is on a mission to feed the homeless in America and has embarked on the Feed America Tour. The goal of the tour is to raise awareness, collect non-perishable goods for local food pantries and, of course, to rock.

One in five children go to bed hungry every night, and the face of America’s hungry is changing,” Basse said. “They are often hard-working, educated adults, children and seniors who just can’t make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

There’s an everyday hero within all Americans, and every single person has the power to make a difference, even in small ways by making a donation or volunteering at a local food bank,” Basse added.

The Dec. 15 show in Janesville will feature Willie Basse, Roxtar and Abominable No Men. Admission is $4 or two canned food items. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show begins at 9 p.m.

The Back Bar is at 1901 Beloit Ave. (Hwy. G), Janesville, Wis., and can be reached at (608) 741-0001.

For more details about the “Feed America — Now, Concerts to End Hunger” tour and to donate, visit Willie Basse’s 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation at All donations, sponsorships and support is tax deductible, and 100 percent of donations will go to food banks.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue

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