All-Star Lineup of Musicians to Perform at Facing Addiction Rally in D.C.

By Paul Gaita 09/15/15

Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Joe Walsh will be on hand October 4 at the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh are among the musicians and other celebrities slated to appear at a rally in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the problem of addiction in America.

The UNITE to Face Addiction Rally, which is slated to take place on the National Mall on Oct. 4, 2015, is being organized by Facing Addiction, Inc., a new organization seeking solutions to addiction issues through a national campaign of awareness and grassroots efforts. The event will serve as the official launch of a national campaign by Facing Addiction and more than 450 other organizations to address the urgent need to speak out, and confront the stigma associated with addiction to drugs and alcohol. The event is free and open to the public.

“UNITE to Face Addiction will mark the first time our nation will collectively stand up to addiction, a health problem that impacts one in three households,” said Greg Wiliams, co-founder of Facing Addiction. “Twenty-two million Americans are currently suffering from a substance use disorder, and more than 23 million others are living in recovery. When you include the families of the afflicted, addiction impacts over 80 million people—we all know somebody. It’s not ‘those people,’ it’s all of us.”

Several of the performers at the event have personal connections with addiction issues. Both Tyler and Walsh have waged long battles with drugs and alcohol, while Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell has addressed his addiction and recovery on his 2013 solo album, Southeastern.

The Fray, who are also on the bill for the October 4 show, based their Top 5 single “How to Save a Life,” on singer Isaac Slade’s experience mentoring a young man struggling with drugs and depression. Additional performers and special guests are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.