Bennington Family Thanksgiving Photo Album 2016



Every year we write a post talking about all the people we are thankful for, but there simply is no one we are more thankful for than SiriusXM’s Bennington Show. , Gail Bennington, Chris Stanley, Vito Calise and the entire team are our friends, and our extended family, and so attending their third annual Thanksgiving Show at the Hard Rock Cafe is one of our favorite things to do all year.

This year, 200 listeners, fans, friends and family gathered around big round tables to enjoy a big Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of Hard Rock Johnnie, and to listen to Ron, Gail, and Chris tape their annual Thanksgiving show. The Bennington tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with listeners goes way way back. Long before they started celebrating at the Hard Rock Cafe, Ron would invite listeners to the studio on the Show for a big radio family celebratory Thanksgiving show. Friends of the show would bring a “parade of sides” and everyone would eat, drink, and talk about what they were thankful for. The Thanksgiving Show airs on Thanksgiving day, and listeners can check out the three hour show while driving to their own family celebrations, listening to Alice’s restaurant, Kenny Allen, and The Last Waltz. This year, 200 fans came out and everyone went home with signed posters.

Check out our Bennington family photo album while you listen to the show taped live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. And have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We’re live updating as the show airs…..and then all the pictures will stay available.

Times Square was lit up with the sounds and sights of Bennington as listeners arrived for the big night! Thanks to Praline Thief on Twitter for the perfect shot of the Hard Rock marquis.

via Praline Thief on Twitter


While everyone was being seated downstairs, the Benningtons got together for a pre-show photo op.



Introducing your hosts….Ron Bennington, Gail Bennington and Chris Stanley Bennington…



Ron, Gail and Chris take the stage.



Ron introduces the newest member of the Bennington family….Jen!



“Nobody cared about me till I put on the mask.”



We stole this photo from Johnny GoGo’s Twitter because we missed dinner. Everyone got turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and a lot of dinner rolls.  And of course, dessert.



While everyone was eating…we were on top of Times Square taking pictures!



From the top of the Hard Rock sign on the historic Paramount Building.




After the break, Ron and Gail introduce a gigantic panel to play Match Game: Michele with One L, Greg Stone, Amy Miller, Liza Treyger, Sal Vulcano and Big .



And playing Match Game, to win Broadway Show tickets for a lucky fan, Black Earl Douglas, and Jeffrey Gurian


Amy Miller fails to match Jeffrey Gurian….



No match for Sal Vulcano…



IT’S A MATCH!!!!! For Liza Treyger and Black Earl Douglas!



Big Jay Oakerson reading off a very long card … but fails to match with Jeffrey Gurian.





And just as Ron and Gail started to wrap up the show…things got weird. #GuessWhosePantsI’mWearing



…and weirder….



….still, weirder.


And everyone got one of these!!


It was so much fun! Can’t wait till next year! Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all our Bennington friends!


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  1. johnbsr

    November 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I knew Vito was heavy but he is WAY overweight. At his age to be that fat is a shame. I put my money on Stanley outliving Vito

  2. FlaEd

    November 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Jen who?

  3. Christopher Brooklyn

    November 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Listen to the Thanksgiving special while at the track… Hope I can make the Christmas party… Not for the food or booze or people… Want to stick my tongue down Gala’s throat… Best present EVER

  4. tommy-o

    November 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    johnbsr wait, i thought that *was* Stanley.

  5. YotaruVegeta

    December 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

    What’s with the standard definition pics? Is it 2005 or 2016?