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Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison To Present Mental Health Awareness Show Above Ground
The joy of vinyl originally inspired GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Dave Navarro and fellow guitarist Billy Morrison to conceive of the idea for April 16's Above Ground fundraising concert at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
Full-length performances of two iconic albums — Adam And The Ants' Kings Of The Wild Frontier and The Velvet Underground & Nico by Lou Reed's the Velvet Underground, inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008 — will be the highlight of the evening, each with their own setup. Intermission will separate the performances and feature speeches about mental health and a charity auction at to raise "awareness and funds to support mental health."
Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, drummer Erik Eldenius, drummer Josh Freese, and violinist Lili Haydn will join the concert's lineup as well as special guests Billy Idol and Courtney Love. Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes, Franky Perez and Slipknot's Corey Taylor will also appear.
The event's lineup are joining forces to fight depression, boost mental health awareness and raise funds to provide professional services for members of the music community in need through MusiCares.
On April 16 join @DaveNavarro, @BillyMorrison & other GRAMMY-winning and nominated artists from @janesaddiction, @BillyIdol, @slipknot and more at the @BelascoLA for a night of music in support of #mentalhealth awareness & #MusiCares! Get your tickets: https://t.co/XuUO8puLai pic.twitter.com/9SxHmkrjdo
— MusiCares (@MusiCares) April 5, 2018
"Obviously this is a celebration, but it is a huge responsibility," Navarro told Forbes, thanking friends, fellow musicians and MusiCares for seeing him through "terrible times."
Beyond his personal experience, Navarro hopes to raise general awareness and "on a more public level, let people know that … there is no shame in asking for help. The shameful thing is to shy away from the help. The thing to be proud of is reaching out and doing something to take care of your own life."
General admission seating is still available.