RockersinRecovery.orgAn impressive cast of veteran artists will perform at a new benefit concert to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York area. Among the stars who will perform at the show are ex-Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter, Free/Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, The Crystals' LaLa Brooks, The Rascals' Gene Cornish, Billy J. Kramer, Gary U.S. Bonds, Brooklyn doo-wop group The Capris, and The Blues Magoos' Peppy Castro.
The concert, which is scheduled to take place January 25 at the New York City venue The Cutting Room, is being organized by former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd in conjunction with the Rockers in Recovery organization. Byrd will perform as part of the evening's house band, Rockers in Recovery All-Star Band, which also will feature Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, ex-Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and longtime Todd Rundgren bassist Kasim Sulton.
"I live right in the middle of this disaster, but luckily, I have a house to repair," says Byrd in a statement. "Unfortunately, there are many who no longer have a home, and are not being taken care of by insurance. I called some of my rock n' roll friends to help raise the roof and raise some money to help those who are less fortunate."
All proceeds raised by the concert, including money from merchandise sales and a memorabilia auction at the event, will benefit a handful of charities aiding those affected by the storm -- The Graybeards, the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Among the items being auctioned are guitars autographed by Chuck Berry, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band.
Tickets for the show cost $50 for general admission and $150 for VIP meet-and-greet packages, and are on sale now at Ticketfly.com.
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