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Jack Black, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen And Others Added To “ABOVE GROUND”

DAVE NAVARRO AND BILLY MORRISON ANNOUNCE EXPANDED LINE-UP FOR
SECOND ANNUAL “ABOVE GROUND” CONCERT
BENEFITTING MUSICARES®
JACK BLACK AND MINISTRY’S AL JOURGENSEN
AND OTHERS ADDED TO BILL THAT INCLUDES HOST TOM ARNOLD
WITH PERFORMANCES FROM
NAVARRO AND MORRISON, BILLY IDOL,
PERRY FARRELL AND ETTY LAU FARRELL (KIND HEAVEN ORCHESTRA),
GAVIN ROSSDALE (BUSH), STEVE STEVENS,
JULIETTE LEWIS, STEVE VAI, BILLY DUFFY (THE CULT),
WAYNE KRAMER (MC5) AND MIKE GARSON (DAVID BOWIE)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 EVENT
AT THE FONDA THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD
TO CELEBRATE
THE VINYL ALBUM AS AN ART FORM
WHILE ALSO RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS

FOR THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH

As anticipation builds for the star-studded second annual ABOVE GROUND” benefit concert, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) are excited to announce that Jack Black and Ministry’s Al Jourgensen have joined the bill for the Monday, September 16 benefit at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Additional new guests also include Brad Wilk (Prophets of Rage), Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Franky Perez (Deadland Ritual), Twiggy, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart), Jason Christopher, Erik Eldenius & Paul Trudeau (Billy Idol), Donovan Leitch and Julie Mintz. The immersive evening of art and music will celebrate the vinyl album as an art form, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health, with the profits being donated to MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™ that was established to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people.

“Billy and I feel that this amazing group of artists will create an incredible event,” Navarro says. “And we hope you will be a part of it with us for a night of art and music and support for mental health awareness and Musicares.”

Listen to a podcast interview with DAVE and Consequence of Sound about the event here.

Black and Jourgensen join a line-up that includes host (actor) Tom Arnold and musicians Billy Idol, Perry Farrell and Etty Lau Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Steve Stevens, Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mike Garson (the legendary and longtime keyboardist for David Bowie including his role in the Spiders From Mars line-up). The performers will tip their hats to two of the greatest albums of all time:David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and the Stooges’ self-titled debut album (celebrating its 50thanniversary this month), on which the world was introduced to Iggy Pop.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Click here to buy tickets. “ABOVE GROUND” is being produced with assistance from Law Rocks, which promotes music education programs. During the intermission between performances, there will be speeches from people in the mental health field along with art items for auction, live graffiti from prominent street artists including @Teachr1, @PlasticJesus, @VYALone and @MegZany, andinformation booths.

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!

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