Assyrian Guitarist Battles Online for 1st Place

6/29/2005 3:32:50 AM

Assyrian Guitarist, Helbard Alkhassadeh of Santa Cruz California USA, is currently competing in the Bud Light Online Battle of the Bands. His band Platinum Head based out of San Francisco California USA is currently in 4th place out of over 100 bands from around the world. The competition began on June 1st and will continue until July 31st. Winners will be announced on August 15th.

Helbard Alkhassadeh, born on January 21st 1973 in Tehran Iran, entered the United States in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution. Upon moving to San Jose California, he took an interest in music and the guitar. He is self taught and has been performing on stage since 1989 with numerous musicians.

But, it has been with the band Platinum Head that his career has rocketed. Placing 2nd place in the San Francisco Battle of the Bands in 2003, Platinum Head has caught the attention of local music fans and critics alike.

Platinum Head is set to release their first full length CD titled Product in late summer of 2005.

During an interview with a local San Francisco Bay Area music magazine, Helbard asked all his fellow Assyrian people to vote for him and help push an Assyrian musician into the mainstream limelight. "I want to win for my band and for my music, he said. but, most of all, for my Assyrian people What better way to represent my people, but with music."

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