On September 16th, Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre will be home to a motley crew of rock stars, celebrities and recovery music lovers. Partnering with The Canyon, Rock to Recovery’s second annual concert and fundraising event is once again proving that the most sensational highs are felt with music.
The Rock to Recovery 2 Benefit Concert unites those in recovery from addiction, PTSD, mental health issues, and disadvantaged youth. The event is a drug and alcohol free event inviting attendees to experience highs naturally through soul-shaking music and good company with support from celebs like Jaime Pressly, Jason Wahler, Andy Dick, Dr. Drew, Natasha Blasick, Tito Ortiz, and more.
Last year’s event was also hosted at the Fonda and featured performances from Billy Idol’s band (Steve Stevens, Erik Eldenius & Billy Morrison), Filter, Chester Bennington and Fred Durst. This year, the concert will honor musicians Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Wayne Kramer (MC5) for their sobriety, an accomplishment worthy of recognition in the music industry. The lineup of performances include popular musicians from bands including Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, the Cult, Korn, Slipknot, Apocalyptica, Stone Sour, Billy Idol, plus special guests.
Rock to Recovery is a music therapy non-profit that helps those struggling with addiction find healing through songwriting. The concert is a fundraiser that helps the public see sobriety in a new light. Wes Geer, Founder of Rock to Recovery and former touring guitarist for Korn, describes the shift as a “sober is sexy” mentality. “It used to be so chic to be loaded,” he says, “but now it seems like it’s actually really attractive in this world to be healthy and to be spiritually present.”
The message is ringing loud and clear for those in the industry. "As a former singer myself,” says actress Mckenney Westmore from the soap opera Passions. “I know firsthand how healing music can be and has been through my own personal life struggles. To see something like R2R come to life is such a necessity for all! Music truly does heal!"
Mandy Amano, most recently known for her role in the 2014 short film, The Sun Devil and the Princess, is another celebrity deeply touched by the work of Rock to Recovery after witnessing them firsthand in a music session.
“They [Rock to Recovery] help so many different people. Whether it’s at-risk kids, people coming from addiction, people recovering from depression, people who have PTSD—it’s amazing they’re able to touch that many people live. That’s the cool thing about art, and in this case music—it’s the language every person speaks,” she says.
From the outside, the Rock to Recovery 2 Concert may look like just any standard rock concert in Hollywood with people rocking out and musicians pouring themselves onstage, but those who are inside know it’s something different. Wes puts it like this, “Imagine anyone who is in recovery is in a boat at sea. The people on stage [and attending the concert] are like the island they can see from the boat. It’s a beacon of hope.”
Tickets for the Rock to Recovery 2 Benefit Concert are now sold out. Learn more about Rock to Recovery’s program here.