Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images
Dave Navarro & Billy Morrison Announce Above Ground 2 Benefit Concert
Musicians Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Royal Machines, Billy Idol) have announced the second annual Above Ground benefit concert celebrating vinyl and raising mental health awareness.
The two musicians will perform The Stooges' self-titled debut and David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in their entirety. Special guests will also join them during performances Sept. 16 at Los Angeles' The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. All profits will be donated to the Recording Academy and MusiCares' efforts in raising funds for mental health treatment.
"Dave and I are committed to raising funds and awareness in support of mental health and just like last year, all profit will be donated to MusiCares," Morrison said in a video announcement.
The two chose Bowie and The Stooges because they felt they were the perfect pairing. "The Iggy and Ziggy thing has always worked. Even when they both did shows together back in the late 70's/early '80s, the pairing of Iggy Pop and David Bowie worked. Bowie produced Iggy and they had this ongoing musical relationship that just seemed perfect and iconic to us," Morrison said in an interview.
Other event features include guest speakers, auction items and art installations.
"I believe our goals were achieved beyond what we had hoped," Navarro said in an interview about the event last year. "In addition to raising awareness about mental health issues, we raised a substantial amount of money that went directly to those who need it most. Personally, many people have approached me since to thank me for our efforts to help end the stigma of mental health issues."
The guitarist has spoken about his experiences with mental health in the past: "Some of the loneliest times in my life have been in rooms full of thousands of people because not one of them knew what was going on inside me. Rarely do we pick up the phone at 3 a.m. after a gig and ask for help. … What's great about MusiCares is that it is now recognized and it is well known that it is here to help. The real challenge is letting people know that it is a great strength to reach out for support."