Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington will be honored at the ninth annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert, scheduled to take place on May 30th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Bennington will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.
Legendary skateboarder and surfer Tony Alva, an original member of the Dogtown Z-Boys skateboarding team, will be honored alongside Bennington as the recipient of MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.
- Bennington told us a while back that he was a full-blown alcoholic for a number of years before getting sober: "I lived on alcohol. It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, 'I don't think there's been a day since I've known you that you haven't drank.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? That's crazy' -- as I'm drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went."
- All proceeds from the event, which will feature live performances, will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
- Bennington said in a statement, "MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives. It's been so rewarding to support them and see firsthand what they've accomplished for so many artists."
- Tickets for the benefit start at $40 for general admission balcony seats and $100 for VIP balcony seats, with floor seats going for $1,250 per person and tables for 10 offered at $12,500.
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- Previous recipients of the Vaughan Award include Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Metallica's James Hetfield, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Alice Cooper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis.
- The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living and medical expenses plus treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other critical illnesses.
- The foundation also offers nationwide educational workshops covering financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, along with programs that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.
- The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org
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