Courtney Love, Dave Navarro & Billy Idol To Perform at Mental Health Charity Concert

By Victoria Kim 02/23/18

The upcoming Above Ground concert will also feature a memorabilia auction, guest speakers from the mental health field, and artwork.

Courtney Love, Dave Navarro and Billy Idol

Some of rock’s greatest performers will gather in Los Angeles this spring to raise mental health awareness—after losing both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington to suicide in 2017.

Appearing in a video clip together, guitarists Dave Navarro (of Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (of Billy Idol) announced Above Ground, a concert that will take place on April 16 at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.

“After losing too many friends to suicide and depression, and having suffered personally with a wide range of mental health issues, we want to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health,” said Billy Morrison.

Navarro, Morrison, and special guests including Courtney Love, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Billy Idol, and Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal will perform two iconic rock albums—King of the Wild Frontier (1980) by Adam and the Ants and The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) by the Velvet Underground—from beginning to end, “exactly as they were recorded and released on vinyl,” said Navarro.

Above Ground will also feature a memorabilia auction, guest speakers from the mental health field, and artwork, Blabbermouth reports.

The event will raise money for MusiCares, a non-profit that supports musicians for everything from addiction recovery to rent assistance to medical bills.

“We help everyone—from roadies to engineers to songwriters to the musicians themselves,” Shirren Reid, who manages MusiCares’  Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), told The Fix in 2011. “And it can come in many ways: financial assistance can mean rent, utilities, car payments, insurance, burial, dental, or medical bills.”

MusiCares, established in 1989, also offers Safe Harbor Rooms for sober musicians and crew members to kick back and hold meetings in a recovery-friendly space at concerts, music festivals, and shows like the Grammys.

“Through the MAP Fund, we do everything from offer scholarships to treatment centers and sober living houses to helping music professionals who are already in recovery—through counseling, education, or ongoing needs in recovery,” said Reid.

Tickets for Above Ground go on sale on Saturday, February 24.

Morrison said everyone should leave with one message: “Spread the word that it’s okay to ask for help.”

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