Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chuck Berry on benefit concert for Right Turn


Right Turn, a non-profit organization providing support for artists and entertainers recovering from addiction and mental health issues, will present their first annual Rock & Roll SUPERGROUP Benefit Concert starring the legendary CHUCK BERRY on Sunday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets at $250 [Gold Circle Sponsor Seating, limited quantity available], $150, $75, $50, and $35 are on sale now at:,, the Berklee Performance Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling: 617/508-931-2000. For more information, call: 617-747-2261.

Chuck Berry, the 81-year-old Father of Rock & Roll, famous for hits such as “Johnny B. Goode”, "Maybellene," “Roll Over, Beethoven!” and "Memphis”, will come to Boston to headline the show. He will perform with members of the SUPERGROUP, a group of rockers together on stage for the first time just for this special concert event. The SUPERGROUP includes keyboardist Chuck Leavell and saxophonist Tim Ries of The Rolling Stones, drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company, drummer Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, bassist John Conte of Crown Jewels, guitarist Ricky Byrd, formerly of Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, guitarist Barry Goudreau, formerly of Boston, guitarist Marc Orrell, formerly of The Dropkick Murphys, and guitarist and vocalist Kate Taylor. Ernie and The Automatics will open the show and there will be surprise guests making an appearance to show their support for Right Turn.

“These are world class musicians coming together to raise money for addiction treatment – it is going to be a fantastic show” said Woody Giessmann, addiction specialist and founder and CEO of the Arlington-based Right Turn. “Right Turn fills a need in our community for recovery programs that target artists and entertainers. Our program is unique because we can reach out to creative people and give them individual support.”

Members of the SUPERGROUP will perform together at this concert to support a cause close to their hearts. Drummer Simon Kirke lost friend and Free band mate Paul Kossoff to drug induced heart failure in 1976. Drummer Chad Smith joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the wake of former member Hillel Slovak’s drug overdose in 1988, and observed band mate Anthony Kiedis’ battle with addiction throughout their careers together.

About Right Turn
Based in Arlington, MA, Right Turn was founded in 2003 by Woody Giessmann, the drummer for the rock band The Del Fuegos, after he lost several friends to drug and alcohol use. Right Turn's mission is to provide substance abuse and mental health treatment to artists, entertainers, their families, and anyone who would benefit from hope, health, and creativity on the road to recovery. For more information, call 781-646-3800 or visit

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