SCRAP METAL Going Back To School For Kids

Celebrity rock supergroup SCRAP METAL — featuring all-star lead frontmen Gunnar Nelson (NELSON), Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER) and Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER) — has been announced to headline Jude Jams 2007, the benefit concert for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on October 25, 2007.

Jude Jams 2007 is an inaugural charity event sponsored by TrueJams Charities, Inc., a Louisiana based charity-utilizing music to bring comfort and help to Louisiana's children post-Katrina devastation, and NSU student fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon.

SCRAP METAL is a who's who of multi-platinum lead singers and frontmen, including Kelly Keagy of NIGHT RANGER whose number one rock hits include "Sister Christian", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "You Can Still Rock In America"; Gunnar Nelson, son of rock 'n' roll legend Ricky Nelson, and half of rock group NELSON, whose pop/rock number one hits with twin brother Matthew include "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection", "After the Rain", and "More Than Ever"; and Mark Slaughter of SLAUGHTER, whose penned number one hits include "Up All Night Sleep All Day" and "Fly to the Angels".

"St Jude's is the home of hope for thousands of children and their families every year. I would walk through fire to help one child with cancer ... Let alone thousands," passionately vows SCRAP METAL co-founder Gunnar Nelson. "This concert is my chance to do that ... AND I even get to shred some eardrums in the process! Sounds like a perfect night to me!"

"We have a great city, a perfect venue and a campus full of rock and roll fans to help us give back to St. Jude's. It's going to be an amazing night," enthuses band co-founder and True Jams board member Mark Slaughter. "You know helping your fellow human beings doesn't have to be a downer. We can still throw a party and celebrate our freedoms while remembering those who need a helping hand. Come help us give something back. SCRAP METAL can't wait to rock you in Natchitoches, Louisiana!"

All the artists involved are passionate about supporting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the tremendous work they do for sick children. In fact, SCRAP METAL recently made a TV appearance and raised over five thousand dollars for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, as contestants on DirecTV's game show "Rock and a Hard Place", set to air in late October.

True Jams Charities, Inc. has selected St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital to be the beneficiary of 100% of the net proceeds for its inaugural event. "St. Jude's was instrumental in rescuing and providing medical treatment to children in the affected New Orleans area (during Hurricane Katrina) by flying them to treatment centers in Baton Rouge and Memphis," notes TrueJams Charities, Inc. president and co-founder Randy Ryder. "When TKE fraternity faculty advisor Alan Hardin and I started brainstorming, I knew right away that SCRAP METAL was the band to headline our inaugural event, St. Jude's should be the beneficiary and Mark Slaughter and I had found a way to implement our vision for TrueJams."

Jude Jams 2007 will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, at Prather Coliseum located at 398 S. Jefferson, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the NSU Athletic Ticket office.

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