“Above Ground” April 16 At The Belasco Theater In Downtown Los Angeles
SPECIAL GUESTS TO INCLUDE BILLY IDOL, COURTNEY LOVE,
JESSE HUGHES, COREY TAYLOR, FRANKY PEREZ AND MORE
IMMERSIVE EVENING OF ART AND MUSIC WILL CELEBRATE
THE VINYL ALBUM AS AN ART FORM AND RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have joined forces to be special guest performers to present “ABOVE GROUND” on Monday, April 16 at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The special event showing art and music begins at 8pm. Celebrating the vinyl album as an art form, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health, with the profits being donated to MusiCares. Expect the musicians to perform two seminal albums in their entirety-first Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants and then The Velvet Underground & Nico by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground-with completely different stage sets and production for each album’s performance.
Tickets are priced at $100 each and go on sale Saturday, February 24 starting at 10:00am via ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. View a trailer for the event here and read an interview with Navarro and Morrison below.
Guitarists Navarro and Morrison will be joined by bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), drummers Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol) and JoshFreese as well as violinist Lili Haydn, plus special guests Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Franky Perez and more.
Intermission between performances, will showcase speeches from people in the mental health field and a small memorabilia auction to raise funds, along with art displays and information booths. Revolver Gallery will showcase works by Andy Warhol and MusiCares (currently focusing on the mental health arena and all the challenges that are faced in that field)will be present at the event.
When Navarro and Morrison sat down over coffee recently and started to talk about music, art, the lost love of the vinyl record, and at the same time their own mental health and their different battles in the same arena, it became apparent immediately that they both wanted to do the same thing–to celebrate life, to pay homage to records that truly shaped them both as musicians, and at the same time to raise awareness, funds and hope for people suffering from depression. This is how ABOVE GROUND was born.