Joan Jett, Billy Idol and More to Honor Pete Townshend
The punks will meet the godfather on May 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York. Pete Townshend will be honored by MusiCares in an event that will include performances by the Who, Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Foreigner's Mick Jones.
Townshend will be presented the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by Bruce Springsteen, who was named MusiCares' Person of the Year in 2013. A press release states that Townshend is being awarded for "his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and its addiction recovery programs."
Additionally, the Who's manager, Bill Curbishley, will receive the From the Heart Award for "his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization." Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris will present the award to Curbishley.
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $69.50, with proceeds going to the MAP Fund. They can be purchased at AXS' website. (It should be noted that no alcohol served at the theater during the event.)
MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, providing emergency financial assistance to members of the music community in need, including healthcare and basic living expenses. The MAP Fund "allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community." For more information, visit MusiCares' website.
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