Charles C. Brennan is not only the owner of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, he’s also an avid music fan, having personally worked with some of the best musicians in the business. Along with many other rock fans, the Las Vegas businessman was shaken by news that ’80s rock legends Ratt and Dokken were on a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing a couple of months ago. But Charles C. Brennan had a personal connection to the incident. Not only is he a friend of both of the bands—he chartered the flight. Recently, he spoke to Community Blog about the incident.
Community Blog: News reports said you chartered the flight. Where were the bands headed when the incident happened?
Charles C. Brennan: They were headed out on a four-city tour. They departed from Moline, Illinois, after playing a concert there, and were on their way to the Chicago area, where they played the Congress Theater with Sebastian Bach and Lita Ford.
Community Blog: What happened?
Charles C. Brennan: When the plane reached around 7,000 feet, the pilot began seeing smoke. He didn’t want to take any chances, so he immediately turned the plane around and landed it safely. The bands took SUVs to the concert, which was only 170 miles away, and made it on time.
Community Blog: Did smoke fill the cockpit?
Charles C. Brennan: Not at all. There were 13 passengers aboard and they landed safely at the airport.
The Brennan Rock & Roll academy provides underserved youth the ability to learn to play rock music from industry professionals. Several of Charles C. Brennan’s music industry friends have stopped by the academy, including Slash, Alice Cooper and KISS.