Legendary drummer and founding member
of 'Little Feat', Richie Hayward has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Two
L.A. musicians, along with an outpouring of help from the music community,
have organized a benefit concert to raise money for Richie's burgeoning
medical expenses. The concert will take place on Sunday October 4th at the
Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA.
Richie's illness has forced him to take an indefinite leave of absence from
the band to fight this debilitating disease. (It has been estimated that
liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer will claim the lives of more
than 18,000 Americans this year alone.*)
While Richie is off the road he will be receiving no income, and he is just
one of the more than 40 million Americans without health insurance.
In December of 2001, Richie's son Severin was severely injured in a car
accident and suffered major brain damage which he is still recovering from.
This, and other crises in his life have cost Richie a great deal emotionally
and financially, and now he is facing his own medical crisis.
Some of the artists who are scheduled to perform are:
Jimmy Vivino - guitarist from Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show Band,
Coco Montoya - local blues legend and festival favorite.
Luis Conte - renowned percussionist for James Taylor, Madonna, Phil Collins,
Cher, Eric Clapton and more. Shaun Murphy - long-time former singer with
'Little Feat' and long-time back-up singer for Bob Seger.
Albert Lee - Legendary guitarist, Grammy award winner and blues legend and
his all star band including Colin Cameron, Greg Bissonette, and Vern
Lightnin' Willie & The Poor Boys - just returning from a two-month tour of
The Restless Blues Band
The Jeremiah Roiko Band
Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps
Dallas Hodge and his Band
The Laurie Morvan Band
California Transit Authority featuring Danny Seraphine and Marc Bonilla
Celebrity All Star Jam with Steve Luthaker includes:
Freebo, Walfredo Reyes, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Richie Zito, Mick Fleetwood,
Johnnie Rivers, Rick Latham, Leland Sklar, Tony Braunagal, Miles Joseph,
Scotty Page and more.
Hosts: Geno Michelini, Mickey Jones and Bill Portman.
Wednesday Night 10:30pm KLOS 95.5FM Paul Barrerre will be featured "live"
in an interview with Jim Ladd, featuring Little Feat music and the purpose
for the benefit.
Large corporations such as Drum Workshop, Sabian cymbals, Zildjian cymbals,
Pearl drums and more, plus local businesses have also donated goods and
services for the organizers to be auctioned or raffled off on the night,
including a special "Richie Hayward" drum kit from DW Drums.
Also helping to facilitate this event and ongoing fund raising for Richie is
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Sweet Relief is a national non-profit charity
dedicated to providing financial support for career musicians facing
illness, disability or age related problems.
Tickets for the benefit concert will be $20 general admission; $50 for the
VIP seating area. They can be purchased by calling the Canyon Club at
818-879-5016; directly from one of the organizers or from Ticketmaster. The
doors open at 5:00pm. Music starts at 5:30pm and will continue through the
night. The venue is open to all ages.
A website - www.richiehaywardbenefit.com has been set up by the organizers
should you require further information. Band member Paul Barrere has made
himself available for interview for this event. To schedule an interview,
please call Les Butts at 818.599.2922 (cell)