It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we discussed the charity-driven Rock To Recovery concert. Now the event is coming back for a third time and with a bigger lineup than ever before. Music icons like Moby and the metal group Steel Panther will be part of this September’s concert, which is donating all ticket funds to treatment services for people in need.
September 15th is the official date of Rock To Recovery III. The benefit show will take place (as it had years before) at the historic Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and include both live music and celebrity speakers. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bryan Fogel will be handling 2018 MC duties, with Steel Panther taking headliner status and Moby listed as the night’s big honoree.
Additionally, musician Tommu Vext from the band Bad Wolves will be recognized for his recovery advocacy and there are several exciting sets planned from some surprise musical guests. Wes Geer deserves the big credit for this year’s event (as he has in years’ past). The former Korn guitarist is also the founder of Rock To Recovery and recently spoke to TheFix.com about its ongoing mission.
“By having an event where we can all share not only our darkness, but our strength and solution, and celebrate through live music and dancing and even mosh pits, is quite a healing form of expression,” he explained. “I heard recently that the opposite of addiction is connection. For all the people this event supports, these are all issues of feeling lost and disconnected and not having a place in the world.”
Geer went on to emphasize that this show isn’t just for people who have completed treatment, it is also for those who are pushing through it and looking for inspiration. He added that half of the concert’s attendees will be people who are still in a recovery program.
“Imagine being in treatment and getting to experience a sober concert with known musicians, many of whom are also in recovery,” Geer added. “I go back to what my mindset was when I was newly in recovery, which is once you get sober life is over and boring. These concerts prove that mindset wrong. When you come see such an elaborate event supported by so many amazing humans, that is 100% sober and 100% rad, it is absolutely magical.”
For anyone else interested in this important event, tickets are still available. We certainly recommend keeping the date open on the calendar and “rocking out” with some true musical heroes.