Rock To Recovery Concert Returns This Month
They say that music is a universal healer and, by the looks of things, it has certainly helped make progress in the recovery field. Particularly hard rock! This month marks the second annual Rock To Recovery concert, which uses some of metal’s biggest stars to spread the word about overcoming addictions.
Organized by Korn guitarist (and recovery advocate) Wes Geer, this year’s event promises a stellar lineup of stars. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor will be one of 2017’s honorees and members of bands like Guns N’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots and Apolcalyptica will be on hand to jam and support the cause.
Speaking with TheFix.com, Geer explained the message and the mission behind this year’s event.
“There’s a big lie that your head tells you when you’re in recovery, whether you’re a wounded vet or suffering from depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder,” he explained to the site. “You feel hopeless and feel like life is never going to be fun again. We want people to come out and say, ‘I’m in recovery and I didn’t think I could feel that good again, but I just had an amazing time.’”
Expect plenty of tributes too, to several of the music stars who left us too soon and took a stand against addiction. Former Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, for example, played a big role in the first Rock to Recovery concert. Following his untimely suicide, you can bet there will be plenty of power chords being played in his memory that night.
Speaking of the prior show, Geer explained that it turned out to be a huge success and he anticipates continuing this rock tradition for many years to come.
“I’ve played some amazing shows,” he added. “But my phone never blew up like it did after last year’s event. I knew we’d done something really good, but people were tripping out to the point where I couldn’t believe how much they were going on and on about it. That show was ours. It belonged to the recovery community.”
For the record, Rock to Recovery is making generous donations to local treatment organizations across Los Angeles and they are also accepting funds on their site. Generous supporters of the cause include Fender Guitars, Roland Amps and Rode Microphones.
The big event happens September 16 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. You can find plenty of info on the official Rock to Recovery website and even get a taste of the fun in the YouTube trailer below.
Rock on and support the cause!