Friday, 6 April 2012

Billy Morrison, with the band for Billy Idol, are among artists to play at MusiCares Benefit

Billy Idol and his band, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, former Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and alt rocker Mark Lanegan are among more artists slated to participate in the upcoming Eighth Annual MAP Fun Benefit Concert.

Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher will be honored at the event for their involvement in addiction and sobriety issues.

Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.

Lasher will receive the MusiCares 'From The Heart' Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.

All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

This year, the annual event will be hosted by television personality Steve-O.

Artists that will perform at the event will include eight-time Grammy nominee Alice In Chains, featuring guitarist/vocalist Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney.

Also slated are Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Billy Idol with his band, featuring drummer Jeremy Colson, bassist Stephen McGrath, guitarist Billy Morrison, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and longtime lead guitarist Steve Stevens.

Additional artists on hand playing at the event will be bassist Duff McKagan, who has played with bands including Loaded, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver. Singer/songwriter, vocalist, and musician Mark Lanegan, known for his work with the Queens Of The Stone Age and the Screaming Trees will participate, as well.

Artist Moby will DJ during dinner.

Cantrell formed Alice In Chains in 1987 in Seattle, alongside bandmates Kinney, the late Layne Staley, and the late Mike Starr.

The band's lead singer Lane Staley died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin in 2002. Mike Starr, who had left the band, died on March 8, 2011, reportedly of an overdose. Starr had appeared on Season 3 of Dr. Drew's reality show Celebrity Rehab.

Starr stated on the show that he had been ousted from the band in 1993, due to his drug use.

Staley's mother, Nancy McCallum appeared on the show to talk to Starr, who expressed guilt over not preventing Staley's overdose.

Since her son's death, Ms. McCallum has been active in raising funds for drug treatment.

The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses including rent, utilities and car payments, medical expenses including doctor, dentist bills, hospital bills, psychotherapy, treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses.

MusiCares also offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.

The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.

MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Those wanting to attend may contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or General Admission Balcony Seats for $55 per person are available only through Ticketmaster at

Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.

This event is made possible with the generous support of Caravents, Goldenvoice, Jackson Limousine Service, Swing House and Ticketmaster.

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