Patrick Stone (Adler’s Appetite) in his own words: Rockin’ for the Troops

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Patrick Stone rockin’ his Virgin Black threads on stage
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“I was asked to join The Traveling Guitar Foundation in April, 2013. After learning about the program, I knew I had to be a part of it.

The Traveling Guitar Foundation’s mission is to provide assistance and support to instrumental music programs in school systems in need. They strive to ensure that elementary and high school students have access to music education and musical instrument instruction while they are in their school years. The foundation accomplishes this mission in two ways: one is to travel to schools and put on a music educational clinic for the kids – providing musical instruction, performance, and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to music, instruments, and music education. The other is that they donate guitar kits and other instruments directly to the schools to supplement their music programs. This alleviates the financial burdens on the schools and helps them maintain sustainable musical education programs.

So, I joined the all star group, including founder Damon Marks (Alicia Keys), Oz Fox (Stryper)Traveling Guitar USO, Allen Steelgrave (Shecter Guitars) and Derek McKieth. Our first mission, The USO Tour, Germany.

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although congressionally chartered, it is not a government agency. The USO operates 160 centers worldwide.

We landed in Stuttgart, Germany at 8am that Monday morning, June 19th and went right to work. I think we did 16 shows and donated over 32 guitars and gear in less than one week. High Schools, Hospitals, Bars, Barracks, even the shopping mall at The Ramstein Air Force Base. The most touching moment I have to say was playing for some troops on the bus, on their way from the battlefield in Afghanistan back home to the US where they would receive top care for their injuries. These guys gave everything for us and it was an honor to be part of the team taking care of them. While they gassed up the truck to take them to the Aircraft bound for America we gave them our 4 part harmony versions of ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ and ‘Country Roads’. I think for a few moments they found happiness. I know we all felt truly blessed. Allen actually started to cry, and behind my sunglasses, I did too. The whole tour was very moving. As a finale we joined the United States Air Force Band for a concert. Most bands can’t hold a candle to these guys. Great musicians. A perfect end to a perfect tour.

The Traveling Guitar Foundation and I will join the USO again this year for tours to Italy and Japan in the fall. Rock N Roll!”

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VB JewelleryForget cautionary tales about running with scissors—it’s the sharp new styles in jewellery that may require warnings before wear.

Fearless accessorizing is the statement this year. As we continue along our fashion guide for 2013, we’ve come to the boldest and edgiest items in the VB store.

The late 1970′s and early 80′s were dominated by punk stylings, and those two decades have a major influence on Virgin Blak’s own stylings to this day. All through this year we have been struck with various trends originating from punk fashion but summer is the season where this fashion really flares up – with the glitters and gleams of studs, stones, chains and spikes glistening in the bright sunlight.

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The originators of such edgy fashions merely wore what they pleased, but lucky for us, we have something to work with to give our ensemble an au courant dash of edge.

So, how do we integrate studded accessories into our wardrobe? Our advice is more of a straightforward slogan than a boring step-by-step guide, and besides we don’t want to tell you what to wear or how to wear it, as this defeats our very own advice as you will see.

People tend to think of jewellery in extremes, and it doesn’t function well at extremes. It’s not about chunky silver or big ass diamonds. What it comes back to is, does it look personal? It should look like you’ve been wearing it for years—something you picked up along the way. You don’t want to look flashy. You want to feel comfortable. So when you’re buying jewellery, all you need to ask is: ‘Do I feel like myself with this on?’

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And that is our straightforward slogan, so next time you are buying yourself jewellery that’s all you need to remember to ask yourself, ‘Do I feel like myself with this on?’ If you are not already a wearer of jewellery all we recommend is to start simple; Start with a wrist piece and add to it over time, with a necklace and a ring or two. Don’t run out and buy a Mr. T–worthy haul all at once.

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The impact music has had on style through the years is all-encompassing, the two have been inextricably linked from the beginning. Punk inadvertently developed a fashion paradigm, which has stood the test of time and doesn’t seem to be losing its potency anytime soon. The best thing about punk inspired accessories is that they employ powerful imagery and promote individuality, and individuality means being YOU! So just like our own mottos encourage – Be Yourself, be Stunning, Stand Out or Get Out!

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