Mark Weiss is a Rock photography legend. If your music collection includes 1980’s Rock and Metal, you likely own a number of his photos. Notable album covers include Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” and Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet”. Motley Crue, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Dio, and many more have graced his camera lens. If they rocked an arena or stadium in the 80’s, Mark Weiss has probably photographed them.
Last year Mark released his magnum opus “The Decade That Rocked,” a massive collection of the many, many photos he took in the days of big hair and Glam. You can score a copy now at thedecadethatrocked.com!
In honor of the 1-year anniversary of “The Decade That Rocked” Mark Weiss will host the inaugural Weiss Fest at The Middletown Arts Center later this week. They 3-day event features a fundraiser for the Middletown Arts Center, followed by back-to-back days of FREE outdoor concerts. Here’s the rundown:
Thursday 6/24 – Day 1 is the Grand Opening Reception for “The Decade That Rocked” exhibit at The Middletown Arts Center. The exhibit features a number of photos from Mark Weiss’ book and will run throughout th e summer. The reception will serve as a fundraiser for The Middletown Arts Center which was hit hard not only by the covid-19 pandemic but by a flood that destroyed its lower education level. 100% of the proceeds from the 6/24 reception will go towards the arts center. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be available and Cat Manning will perform an acoustic tribute to Janis Joplin. Tickets are available HERE.
Friday 6/25 – Day 2 features a FREE outdoor concert! Hosted by yours truly, Tom Hanley, the bill includes Jersey Rock veterans Kodiak and an insane supergroup built around Keith Roth’s Frankenstein 3000. Keith will be joined on stage by Carmine Appice, Bumblefoot, Jerry Gaskill of Kings X, and Kingston & Greystarr! Black Sabbath tribute band Just Sabbath will close out the night. The show starts at 5 pm!
Saturday 6/26 – Day 3 features performances from up-and-coming original Rock outfit Gemstone and some amazing tribute acts. Gemstone will be followed by Motley Crue tribute act Sixx Seconds To Mars! Little Ozzy will close out the night!
All in attendance to the free show on Friday and Saturday are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or beach towel for the outdoor event. In the case of rain, the free shows will be moved inside the Middletown Arts Center.
Tune to Jersey Rock on 95.9 The Rat Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:30 pm to hear some of the acts performing at Weiss Fest. Kodiak rocks Tuesday, Frankenstein 3000 rocks Wednesday, and Bumblefoot rocks Thursday! Mark Weiss will call in to the show each night!