RockersinRecovery.orgIan Hunter and Free/Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke are part of an impressive lineup of musicians who will perform at a new benefit concert to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York City area. 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.
Other stars slated to hit the stage at the show include are "Handsome Dick" Manitoba and Ross the Boss from pre-punk pioneers The Dictators, and such 1960s legends as The Crystals' LaLa Brooks, The Rascals' Gene Cornish, Billy J. Kramer, Gary U.S. Bonds and Brooklyn doo-wop group The Capris.
In addition, Byrd will be performing 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, as well as a collectible signed by Aerosmith.
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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