Primus have announced an intimate club date on Friday, May 18th at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA as a benefit to support Les Claypool’s nephew Matthew. Matthew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 2 months old and was admitted into the hospital, undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatment which is expected to last a minimum of three years. All proceeds from this show will go towards Matthew’s medical bills.
The show is being presented by Green Gopher Garden Supply, which is owned and operated by Matthew’s father Ron. In a letter to his fans about his nephew’s health, Les said “this has been a gut wrenching experience for all of us and as the big brother, it breaks my heart to watch Ron and his wife Amy go through the torment of seeing their little boy suffer.”
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, February 25th here.
If you cannot attend the show but would still like to support baby Matthew and his family, please visit http://www.babymatthew.org to make a donation.
Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather & More To Play “Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet” Benefit Show
Joe Satriani will headline the bill and along for the ride are Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather, The Kehoe Nation, Flametal and more.
Tickets are available for $25 online at www.slimstickets.com; by telephone at 1-888-233-0449; or in person at the Slim’s box office (333 11th St. San Francisco, CA 94103) weekdays 10:30-6pm or in the evening on show nights, with a $1 service fee per ticket for advance purchases. Proceeds from the Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet Festival going towards medical supplies for Jason as well as a trust fund to provide for his future security. Doors open at 8pm on March 26 and the show begins at 9pm.
Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo Cacophony, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth’s band for the gold selling 1991 album A Little Ain’t Enough. Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar – and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak – Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary.
Following a tragic car accident on November 3rd, 2008, Chi Cheng, bassist of the world renowned hard rock band, Deftones, has been in a state of semi-consciousness after suffering severe TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Under the supervision of Dr. DeFina, Chief Scientific Officer and founder of International Brain Research Foundation (http://www.ibrfinc.org//), Chi has shown remarkable signs of recovery. Although great strides and great progress have been made in administering a pioneering method of treatment to wake Chi up, funds are needed to continue Chi’s treatment and bring him back to total consciousness.
Chi’s mother, Jeanne Cheng, her son and Chi’s brother, Ming Cheng, and family friends Gina Blackmore and Dennis Morrow have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and money for towards continuing Chi’s treatment. Benefit shows have already commenced, and on Saturday, January 22nd, WAKE UP FEST, a series of shows around the world that will be donating 100% of their ticket sales to the cause, will continue. A complete list of shows can be found at http://wakeupfest.com/.
But it doesn’t end on the 22nd. Shows are being scheduled well into 2011, and will continue to roll on as long as people are willing to play and raise money for the cause. On top of the benefit shows, national recording artists are being asked to donate $.25 from their ticket sales from any specified show to help get Chi to a treatment facility in New Jersey for six months of rehabilitation. Relocation is still an issue, and anyone willing to donate a motor home, tour bus, or any other mode of transportation to get Chi from coast to coast is urged to contact the family at www.oneloveforchi.com.
If you give to one charity this year, let it be this one. Individual donations can be made through www.oneloveforchi.com. So many beautiful people have come together to raise money for a phenomenal human being who deserves a second chance; what better way than through music, something so near and dear to Chi, that has the power to unite people of all races and creeds across the globe for positive change. Come out to the shows and be a part of this truly amazing movement.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has unveiled details of a major benefit concert presented by his own It Takes A Community Foundation. “Aaron Lewis & Friends” is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th at The Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Lewis will be joined at the show by a number of very special friends for acoustic performances, including Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down, Brendan Kelly, and Lo Pro.
Pre-sale tickets for the concert will go on sale beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15, as well an exclusive VIP ticket package available to Dysfunctional Fan Club (www.dysfunctionalstaind.com). All remaining tickets will then be made available to the general public on Friday, June 18. Tickets will be available on that day at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Locally, tickets will be available at Faces, 175 Main Street in Northampton.
The It Takes A Community Foundation was founded by Lewis and his wife Vanessa with a focus on reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations that have firsthand knowledge of the needs of their communities. It strives to raise funds and support these community groups who strengthen, engage and enrich the communities they are in, sustain diminishing public services and provide assistance to communities in crisis. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ittakesacommunity.
For its initial launch, ITAC’s goal is to raise funds in support of the Community Education Center in Worthington, Massachusetts. Funds raised will help open the school’s doors and provide a seamless transition from a district run facility to a community school.
“My family has been directly affected by school closures in our rural area due to state budget cuts,” said Lewis. “We have seen firsthand the necessity for smaller communities to have a voice and to determine their own local needs and priorities. Our foundation strives to do just that—to build a collective of local community members and empower them to take charge of their own community’s future.”
Rockin For Hunger has announced a few great shows this summer that are 100% ’80s guy approved! Not only are they bringing back a lot of my favorite bands, but 50 percent of the proceeds are going to local charities to help in the fight to stop hunger and homelessness in New England. (The Charities include: RI Community Food Bank, Crossroads RI, Greater Boston Food Bank, Amos House & Hunger Network). This is a great opportunity for rock fans to go out, have a great time, all while benefitting a great cause!
The first show is coming up quick, it’s DOKKEN on April 9th at the Twin River Casino Event Center in Lincoln, RI. You can purchase tickets here. Also on the bill is The Eden Project.
Upcoming shows include: Skid Row and Firehouse on July31st and Danger Danger/Winger/Steelheart show in September.
See you at the show!
Sugarcult return to Anaheim, CA for their annual Christmas show at the House of Blues on Thursday, December 17th.
Sugarcult headline with support from Call the Cops (winner’s of Myspace’s “Rock the Space” competition, beating out 18,000 other bands), Prima Donna (recently completed month-long tour with Green Day in Europe) and Venus Infers (winners of three 2009 OC Music Awards, picking up the victory as – best indie, best alternative and best album).
Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the Toys For Tots booth at the show. The toys will be given to children in need for the holidays.