To show support for Mike Weatherley MP’s Rock The House initiative, Steel Panther rocked up to the Houses of Parliament on Saturday 31 March before playing to a sold-out Brixton Academy. Rock The House now has David Cameron’s backing and is a Parliamentary music competition founded by Mike Weatherley MP and backed by the music industry and a huge roster of music legends from Alice Cooper to the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb. It sees MPs nominate musicians from their own constituency that are then judged by a panel of international music industry experts and musicians to determine the finalists who will compete in a live battle of the bands.
Winners in each artist’s category will then play a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons in the evening at the finale reception (and winning loads of once in a life time prizes!).
The competition is backed by Ministers, cross-party MPs, industry professionals and bodies – and rock stars, including Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Anthrax’s Rob Caggiano, Busted and Fightstar’s Charlie Simpson, Gallows’ Laurent Bernard, Don Broco’s Rob Damiani (pictured) and Yes’ Rick Wakeman who are all official patrons.
Founder, Mike Weatherley MP, said: “The competition is so important in getting legislators to connect with a creative demographic that they sometimes do not engage with. Rock The House hopes to increase political awareness of IP issues and ensure that the UK remains a world-leading creative economy. It is a huge privilege to have created a forum for musicians, music industry professionals and parliamentarians to add to the debate and discuss these crucial issues to pave the way forward. I am delighted that the Prime Minister will be taking part by entering a nomination.”
For more information visit the official Rock The House website.