Bad Company, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Jack Blades, Felix
Cavaliere, Mark Farner, Eddie Money, Sam Moore, Survivor, John
Waite, Edgar Winter and others to be announced will perform at two TBA
Entertainment produced "Rock To The Rescue" benefit concerts at the Continental Airlines Arena (The Meadowlands) on October 19 and at the Gund Arena in Cleveland on October 20.
"We had such a good time last year that we thought we'd do it again this year," says Styx lead singer Tommy Shaw, who conceived the idea for last year's Volunteers For America concerts in Atlanta and Dallas. "It was an extremely emotional yet rewarding experience for all of us involved and we're looking forward to this year's Rock To The Rescue concerts."
Proceeds from the show at the Continental Airlines Arena – which is being produced in association with Metropolitan Entertainment – will benefit the Port Authority Police World Trade Disaster Survivors Fund while the show at the Gund Arena will benefit that fund as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Educational Fund.
"Last year's concerts raised $550,000 for the Port Authority Police Department and $25,000 to a few families close to our hearts that were affected by the events of 9/11," states Charlie Brusco of TBA Entertainment. "That was definitely a good start but our mission is to continue the fundraising efforts for the families of the victims of the September 11 tragedy."
REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin states, "A year has passed since the horrific events of last September 11th, and I still cannot fully integrate it into my life's experiences. I've watched the various televised retrospectives, and they're so powerfully real that they have a way of overwhelming me. No matter how many times I see those images, there is a part of me that is as shocked and angry and sad as I was a year ago. The feelings have not faded… Maybe they never will… The Rock To The Rescue benefit concerts will let the people of New York and New Jersey and all around the country know that we have not forgotten."
Bad Company, Foreigner REO Speedwagon and Styx will perform full sets each. Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Lorenza Ponce (Sheryl Crow), Survivor, and John Waite (The Babys, Bad English) will also perform. Edgar Winter and Eddie Money are booked for Cleveland only. A guest emcee will be announced.