U2: Edge Helping Sandy Victims
U2 guitarist The Edge and former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd are pitching in to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
Music Rising, the charitable foundation formed by The Edge following Hurricane Katrina, is focusing its efforts to help those affected by Sandy. Music Rising will donate an initial $250,000 to aid in rebuilding music programs in the New York metropolitan area.
And Byrd is spearheading a Hurricane Sandy benefit on January 25th at the Cutting Room in New York City. This event will feature the Rockers in Recovery All-Star Band performing with a slew of special guests, including Gary U.S. Bonds, Ian Hunter, Gene Cornish from The Rascals, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and many others. 100 percent of the ticket sales, merchandise and auction items being donated will go to The Graybeards -- a non-profit Rockaway Beach, Queens-based organization -- as well as the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.
Byrd, whose home was damaged by the storm, says, “I live right in the middle of this disaster, but luckily, I have a house to repair. Unfortunately, there are many who no longer have a home, and are not being taken care of by insurance. I called some of my rock and roll friends to help raise the roof and raise some money to help those who are less fortunate. We’re hoping these funds can help them with much-needed repairs.”