The star-studded concert that ex-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd has helped organize to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts is set to take place tonight at the New York City venue The Cutting Room. The impressive lineup for the show includes ex-Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter, founding Free and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, The Crystals' LaLa Brooks, The Rascals' Gene Cornish, Billy J. Kramer, Gary U.S. Bonds and Brooklyn doo-wop group The Capris.
While people attending the fundraiser obviously will be treated to a variety of classic tunes, they also will get to hear a performance of at least one brand-new song. Kirke reveals that he's written a tune titled "Beautiful Hands" specifically for the show.
Kirke also says he's gotten to experience, firsthand, the devastation brought about by the superstorm. "I did a bit of relief work on Staten Island and at [the New York City neighborhood of] Breezy Point, and I was shocked at the damage and the misery it had caused," he reports. "But I was also heartened by the resilience of the people I met. We must help them in any way we can especially now that we are in the middle of winter."
The benefit concert is being held in conjunction with the Rockers in Recovery organization. The evening's performers will be backed by the Rockers in Recovery All-Star Band, which will feature Byrd, Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, ex-Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and longtime Todd Rundgren bassist Kasim Sulton.
All proceeds raised by the concert will be donated to a handful of local charities aiding those affected by the superstorm. In addition, the event will feature a memorabilia auction that will include 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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