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Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison Recruit All-Star Lineup For Mental Health Charity Event


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Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison perform at The Palms' pool party opening. The two artists have announced the lineup for the upcoming "Above Ground" benefit concert that aims to shed light on mental health awareness. Billy Idol, Courtney Love, and others have signed up to perform.  ( Ethan Miller | Getty Images )

Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction has revealed the lineup of musicians who will perform at the upcoming mental health charity concert called "Above Ground."

In a video, the guitarist teamed up with Billy Morrison (who plays guitar for Billy Idol) to reveal details about the live music event.

"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," stated Morrison.

Star-Studded Lineup

"Billy and I, along with our friends and some very special guests will be presenting two iconic albums in their entirety, exactly as they were recorded and released on vinyl," added Navarro. The two will be joined by bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), drummers Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol) and Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses, The Vandals), and violinist Lili Haydn.

He also revealed that the special guests will include Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Franky Perez, and Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal. They also revealed that the all-star lineup will cover songs from two classic albums: The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground and Kings of the Wild Frontier by Adam and the Ants.

All proceeds from the "Above Ground" ground charity concert will benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation.

Tickets will be available starting Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m. Pacific Time. However, Live Nation will offer a ticket pre-sale that will go live on Thursday, Feb. 22, and end on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $100 each.

Mental Health Awareness added that there will speeches from experts in the mental health field in between musical performances. The show will also host auctions, art displays, and information booths to raise funds and mental health awareness.

Revolver Gallery has already pledged to install artworks by renowned artist Andy Warhol.

Over the years, the music industry has lost so many great talents to depression and suicide. Just last year, two of the greatest and most beloved rock icons, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, passed away within months apart. Both died of suicide by hanging.

Kurt Cobain, vocalist/songwriter of Nirvana and husband of Courtney Love, would have been 51 on Feb. 20. He died in 1994 at the age of 27.

According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death in the United States. On average, 123 Americans die of suicide everyday. 

"Above Ground" will take place on April 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.


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