Monday, February 10, 2014


The Concert for Jennifer Rinaldo
March 22, 2014
The Forvm, 4224 Maple Rd, Amherst, NY

RESTHAVEN (pre-Malevolent Creation)

Bret Hoffman on vox for Resthaven 
(Jan. 2013 at Club Infinity, Williamsville, NY)
 Musically this show is unlike anything Glorious Times has ever been a part of. There's power/thrash, stoner rock, punk rock, a Pink Floyd tribute band and then there's Resthaven. The name may not be familiar to you if you live outside of WNY, but there's metal history there. 

Back in the 1985 or so 5 guys from North Tonawanda started up a cover band doing hard rock and early metal songs. The name of the band members should be familiar to you...Bret Hoffman, Phil Fasciana, Jim Nickles, Dennis Kubas and Kevin Peace. Resthaven would go through a number of member changes starting with Jim Nickles leaving to start Leviathan (which also had Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse/Six Feet Under fame). In 1987 some former members of Resthaven would get together again to form a new band...Bret Hoffman, Phil Fasciana, Jim Nickles, Dennis Kubas and bassist Jay Blachowicz would be the original Malevolent Creation. In 1988 Malevolent Creation would move to sunny florida, but their roots remained in WNY.

Bret Hoffman and Kevin Peace; Jan. 2013 at Club Infinity
  Flash forward many years, Malevolent Creation has gone one to have an impressive metal career and along with bands like Baphomet and Cannibal Corpse has cemented the Buffalo NY influence in death metal. In late 2012 Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse, former Dark Deception, one time Malevolent Creation member)  was planning his wedding reception and wanted something special. Never forgetting his Buffalo roots, Rob was intent on putting together an unforgettable show in his hometown. The lineup for this special show included reunions of many Buffalo bands from the late 1980's/early 1990's. 

Amongst those reunions was the first performance of Resthaven in many many years. The Resthaven lineup for that show was Bret Hoffman, Jim Nickles, Kevin Peace, Rob Barret and Mike Valenti. The guys had a blast so decided that every now and then they would get together as Resthaven, but of course with Rob involved with Cannibal Corpse his participation would be limited so they recruited Robert Hall (who was a member of Resthaven in the 1980's after Jim Nickles left the band). 

Jim Nickles; Jan. 2013 at Club Infinity

     Resthaven performances are very few and far between but they have agreed to get together again to be a part of this show that is very close to the hearts of Glorious Times (particularly Brian). It's not enough that you get to see metal history live so come out for this rare opportunity and enjoy Resthaven and 4 other excellent bands for a great cause.

Jennifer Rinaldo 

The Cause.
Jennifer Rinaldo was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer around Christmas of 2011. Jen immediately began treatments. The side effects of her treatments and meds were brutally harsh on her but through it all she continued to fight. Even in the darkest of times Jen continued to put others above herself....taking some of the money that was raised at a benefit for her and donating it to a young girl who was also fighting cancer and always making sure her children were taken care of. She battled through gamma knife treatments then chemo and when chemo became too harsh she moved on to a newer treatment at CCS Oncology. On September 14, 2013 Jen's body could take no more and she succumbed to cancer leaving behind 3 children (2 teenagers and a 5 year old). 

On March 22, 2014 we will hold the 1st annual Concert for Jennifer Rinaldo. Come join us in a celebration of Jen's life. Proceeds will be split between Hospice and Jen's children, the way she would have wanted it to be.

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