New York (June 9, 2006)–SIR will be providing the audio gear and personnel for an all-star benefit concert, titled We’re Doing It For Love, to be held at New York’s Beacon Theater on Friday, June 23. The show will attempt to cover the massive medical expenses of rock legend Arthur Lee (LOVE), who was diagnosed in February with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).
Unfortunately, Lee has no medical insurance, already has medical bills in excess of $100,000 and is facing a probable bone marrow transplant. While the artist lineup for the show continues to grow, at press time it includes Robert Plant, Ian Hunter, David Johansen, Yo La Tengo, Garland Jeffreys and others.
The show is being produced by New York concert promoter Steve Weitzman of SW Productions, in association with Arthur Lee’s manager Mark Linn, and will feature artists either performing Lee’s material, their own originals or a combination of both. Many of the artists invited have had a history of performing LOVE covers in their live sets or on records, and Robert Plant, for one, has been performing three of Lee’s songs regularly during his most recent tour.
Lee’s band, LOVE, was the first rock band signed to Elektra Records, and Lee was responsible for talking company founder Jac Holzman into signing The Doors. Before all this, in 1964, Lee gave an unknown Jimi Hendrix his first appearance on record (the Arthur Lee penned “My Diary” by Rosa Lee Brooks). LOVE’s third album, Forever Changes, is still a classic; In a Rolling Stone special issue two years ago, it was voted the 40th greatest album ever, on a list ranking the top 500 LP’s of all time, even finishing ahead of such classics as Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, Meet the Beatles, Led Zeppelin IV and John Lennon’s Imagine.
Tickets for the show are available at www.ticketmaster.com