Why does the picture show Prince, David Bowie and George Michael?  They are 3 world wide music icons that we lost in 2016.  Lesson learned!  Let's show the living artists that impact our lives a little love in 2017.

3 Living Music Icons To Support In 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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These guys have been mixing funk and alternative rock together in a ground breaking, soul shaking way since 1983.  I'll never forget the first time I heard "Give It Away" in 1991.  It blew my mind!  To say that nobody was making music like the RHCP in the 80's and early 90's would be the understatement of the century.  They have a long list of hits like: "Under The Bridge," "Californication," "Dark Necessities" and many more.  But it's not about the hits.  It's about the impact they've had on the music industry and their fans...and that impact is HUGE!  Not to mention, they do a lot of work for charities that fight AIDS and climate change as well as supporting many music foundations.  Get a list of charities and foundations they support by clicking here.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album "Dark Necessities" is hot!  The group just started their US tour.  Click here to get tour dates.

Click here to check out the RHCP blog.


 

Freedy Johnston

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When Prince passed away in April of 2016 I was devastated.  He has been my favorite artist since I was 12 years old.  My 2nd favorite artist and maybe one of the best song writers ever is Freedy Johnston.  If you listen to my show or follow my blog, you have heard me talk about Freedy.  I played his first hit "Bad Reputation" on the radio back in 1995 and I was instantly hooked.  Following the success of "Bad Reputation" he scored the movie soundtrack to Kingpin starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Bill Murray.

He's had chart success with his single "Love Grows" in 2001 and albums "Never Home" in 1997 and "Rain on The City" in 2010.

He is hands down the best story telling song writer I've ever heard.  Please, listen to his music on YouTube and if you love it...buy his albums and go to his shows.  Follow Freedy on Facebook by clicking here.


 

Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels rose to fame as the lead singer of Poison.  From there he became a reality star with Rock Of Love and Life As I Know It.  He was also the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2004.

I had the opportunity to do a phone interview followed by meeting him in person in 2016.  This guy is a class act.  The way he takes time and engages his fans is something I've never witnesses another artist do in my decades in the radio and records industry.

What you may not know is the insane amount of time, work and resources Bret puts into charities to help support vets, people with diabetes and more.  Check the huge list of charities the Bret Michaels supports at TeamBretMichaels.com.  While you're at it, check out Bret's killer Overstock.com collection by clicking here.

Oh and by the way, Bret freakin' ROCKS live in concert!