Don’t Miss: MusiCares MAP Fund May 6th 2011

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MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit To Honor singer Dave Gahan and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin LymanSteven Tyler (www.twitter.com/IamStevenT; www.steventyler.com) will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Gahan for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Concert promoter Gary Tovar will present Lyman will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.

Host: Comedian Greg Behrendt
Performers: Chester Bennington, Curt Bisquera, Dave Gahan, Jane’s Addiction, Vincent Jones, Martyn LeNoble, David Levita, Jason Orme, Ozomatli, and Paramore. Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield from She Wants Revenge will DJ during dinner.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.co​m/event/2C00465545293F55) or contact Wynnie Wynn for more information (310 581-8659, wynniew@grammy.com).

 

1990-2010 #Gratitude Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Them Crooked Vultures nominated for Grammys.

I never write personal blogs. Well, actually I rarely write blogs at all – but I feel compelled to do so tonight.  Tonight something inspired me.

Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Them Crooked Vultures (DaveGrohl/Nirvana) all got nominated for Grammys.

It’s 2010.

While reading the @TheGrammys Twitter feed, I had flashbacks to 1990-1992.  During that time I was a young woman in the thick of the music business. Rock A&R no less. So I got to see some pretty great bands before they were popular. This isn’t name-dropping – this is my life. I saw Pearl Jam at CBGBs, Soundgarden open for GnR, Stone Temple Pilots as Mighty Joe Young, Nirvana and Alice in Chains – well – Hell I have no idea where I was – but I saw them too. I loved this music. It was powerful, deep, dirty, beautiful and real. It wasn’t all glitz and glamour that’s for sure, frankly we were a fucking mess. Let’s just say at that time my best friends were Jack & Ginger(ale) and a few other harmful acquaintances…

It’s not a secret; we’ve all watched some of these artists publicly struggle with  their own demons, drug addictions and sobriety. Some have great success stories. Unfortunately, many great artists from that time period were lost – Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Andrew Wood, Shannon Hoon to name only a few. I am lucky. I got sober in July of 1992 and haven’t had a drop of anything since. I’ve lived this with them – it’s somehow personal. I’m not breaking anyone’s anonymity but mine, many are now openly sober and support great organizations like MusiCares, MusiCares Map Fund and Road Recovery.

So what has struck me as amazing tonight is that these artists are bound together not only by a time period, but also by their perseverance and tenacity to overcome such difficult obstacles and still make great music 20 years later. I know Grammy nominations are nothing compared to the amazing life we all have, but it is still pretty damn cool that all of these particular artists are nominated for new material.

They are truly an inspiration to me and to any artist, fan or friend who may be struggling with their own creativity, self-destructive behaviors and/or addiction.

Congrats on all accounts.

Rynda

Follow on Twitter: @Rynda @STPband @TheScottWeiland @Soundgarden @ChrisCornell @PearlJam @CrookedVultures @RoadRecovery

*if you need help please reach out – you are NOT alone.

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Twestival March 25th at The Roxy: Get Your Tickets!

Honored to be the Pacific Coordinator for this year’s Twestival

When: TWESTIVAL MARCH 25th

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Twestival is a charity festival whereby 175 cities from around theworld come together for events on 1 day- March 25th- raising money for one cause. This year we’re raising money for Concern Worldwide,an international humanitarian organization transforming the lives ofthe world’s poorest, most marginalized children through access toeducation.

LA TWESTIVAL at THE ROXY THEATRE 7pm Showtime

@LATWESTIVAL @TheRoxy will feature: Video turntablist/remixer Mike Relm (YouTube Live, WebbyAwards) performing live, Tweet Museum one-of-a-kind celebrity Twitterart, Polite in Public Digital Photo booth, 16 year-old DJ prodigy andmusic blogger Jake Simon, plus: a SURPRISE GUEST PERFORMANCE by a top touring alternative band! The event is Co-hosted by @ShiraLazar, Oprah Radio’s Derrick Ashong (@dashong) and will be broadcast online by Ustream.