Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on stage as part of Rock to Recovery’s fundraising concert (David Tobin/LOL-LA)
There are lots of organizations out there doing good, and now we can add Rock to Recovery (R2R) to the list. The program has been around for a few years, but now it’s really getting noticed. To help with the growth, they put together an all-star lineup to help them raise funds.
The Fonda Theater in Hollywood played host to a stream of rockers, athletes and fans that all have a connection to someone dealing with recovery. When we say recovery here, it’s in a very general sense. R2R brings music therapy to those coming back from a battle with a physical injury, a mental ailment like depression and those that have moved on from substance abuse.
Needless to say, the crowd that came out for the event on Oct. 2 was very eclectic and enthusiastic. A rare site for a venue, in that they had all alcohol pulled from the shelves.
The lineup featured names like Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Billy Morrison (the Cult), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). It was all covers all night, except when McGrath did a rendition of his hit song “Fly” from his days with Sugar Ray. The crowd loved singing along, and they even had Filter to look forward to as the headliner after this all-star warm up.
All fun aside, the most impactful moment of the night was when Mike Ness of Social Distortion received the first-ever R2R award for his work with the sober community and how he has become a beacon for those trying to get clean. He became emotional when he was talking about his path and how, if he never got clean, there would have never been a band for him to lead.
If you want to get involved with R2R or have interest in their services, visit rocktorecovery.org.