The Seattle music community and a host of friends paid tribute to Mike McCready at MusiCares' 2018 Concert For Recovery. The Pearl Jam guitarist was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his significant dedication to and support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process.
The event featured all-star performances by the likes of McCready, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Heart's Nancy Wilson, and Social Distortion's Mike Ness, among others. The electric performances proved to provide a perfect soundtrack for championing MusiCares' role in the music industry and celebrating the power of sobriety.
"MusiCares is a very amazing organization in terms of their efficiency," said McCready. "I've made six phone calls and people have gotten [help] the next day."
Duff McKagan is taking some time out of his busy schedule with Guns N' Roses to jam some tunes and celebrate with his peers at MusiCares' 2018 Concert For Recovery honoring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready in Seattle on May 10. The bassist is especially looking forward to honoring McCready — a friend he has known "since we were 14 years old" — for his commitment to helping others with recovery, his support of MusiCares and his philanthropic work with organizations such as the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
"Mike is a guy I look up to," says McKagan. "I know what he went through. I was there. Recovery is not a static line. Recovery is not something that just happens. … It's an ongoing process and it's a day-to-day thing."
The GNR co-founder is a Concert For Recovery veteran, having helped raise funds for MusiCares at the 2012 event honoring Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell. This time around, he's looking forward to performing with the likes of bandmate Slash, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Star Anna, and Social Distortion's Mike Ness.
"These are really, really cool things as musicians to be able to do," says McKagan about performing. "And that expands our support group also."
With studies showing 70 percent of music people suffer from anxiety and depression, the message that help is out there has never been more important. MusiCares provides mental health and addiction services, counseling, and treatment to support music professionals. GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Dave Navarro recently shared his experience with past mental health challenges, providing a message of hope for those still suffering.
"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," says Navarro. "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."
Fleetwood Mac had a lot to say at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year gala at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26, 2018, in New York City. Listen to the band's full acceptance of their honor, including remarks from band members Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks.
"I think that most artists aspire to contribute something, to make a mark that means a great deal to other people," said Buckingham. "One of the reasons we are experiencing the love and the sense of fulfillment we are as a group right now is that … we're able to do shows where we're playing to maybe three generations of people, and you include the equation of time for someone like us who's been around for so long, and it just makes you feel like finally you know you've done your job right."
Have you heard? Fleetwood Mac were celebrated as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year, the first band to receive the honor, at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26, 2018, in New York City. Though it's an invite-only event, we've got your exclusive chance to go inside the star-studded gala and catch a glimpse of Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, Lorde, and more as they perform, listen in on what the band had to say about their award, and of course, watch Fleetwood Mac themselves tear up the stage for the evening's grand finale.
"And they still, as you will soon see, can bring us to our feet, put a song in our heart and remind us never to stop thinking about tomorrow," said former President Bill Clinton.
A cast of superstars banded together to support 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year honorees Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26, 2018, in New York City. Watch interviews with Haim, Keith Urban, Lisa Loeb, Brandi Carlile, Juanes, Imagine Dragons, as well as Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, as they reflect on the consequential year-round work of MusiCares.
"Our community can go to MusiCares and I say, 'I need you to help me with this,' or 'I have a child that has a medical problem, I need you to help me,'" said Nicks. "[MusiCares' work] is super important."
Watch 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Tom Petty's full remarks at the tribute gala in his honor on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles in recognition of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors. Petty tips his cap to artists such as the Beatles and Byrds while sharing memorable stories and anecdotes about his four-decade-plus career, including praise for his band, the Heartbreakers, a treasured birthday card he received from Johnny Cash and how the Traveling Wilburys' debut album ended up finding a home with Warner Bros. Records. Hosted by Ed Helms, the tribute concert featured performances by Elle King, Norah Jones, Foo Fighters, the Lumineers, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, among others. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 27th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie reflects on his legendary career in conversation with current 58th GRAMMY nominee Pharrell Williams. Richie details his musical beginnings with the Commodores, why discovering songwriting was both a gift and a curse, winning Album Of The Year for 1983's Can't Slow Down, and the impact of the iconic charitable anthem "We Are The World," which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, among other topics.
GRAMMY winner Bob Dylan was honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year at a gala on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles. Dylan was honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his extraordinary creative accomplishments. The tribute concert featured performances by Norah Jones, Jack White, Tom Jones, Beck, Alanis Morissette, and Willie Nelson, among others. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 25th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
The above full-length interview with 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King was conducted by television personality and author Willie Geist. A print version of the interview will be published in the official 56th GRAMMY Awards program book.
King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year on Jan. 24 at a special tribute concert and dinner in Los Angeles, recognizing her accomplishments as an artist and humanitarian. A star-studded lineup will perform in tribute to King, including Sara Bareilles, Louise Goffin, Amy Grant, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Miguel, Pink, James Taylor, Steven Tyler, and will.i.am, among others.
MusiCares' mission is to ensure that music people have a compassionate place to turn in times of need while focusing the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. You can learn more about MusiCares at GRAMMY.org.
Visit GRAMMY.com on Jan. 25 for a full recap, photos and video interviews from the MusiCares Person of the Year gala.
Bruce Springsteen accepts the Person Of The Year Award at the MusicCares Person Of The Year gala in 2013.