Musicians pull together to lend a hand
Robert Plant, Ian Hunter, Ryan Adams, Yo La Tengo, Garland Jeffreys and other artists will perform June 23 at the Beacon Theater to cover the massive medical expenses of rock legend Arthur Lee, who was diagnosed in February with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.Lee was the leader of the Los Angeles rock band Love, the first rock band signed to Elektra Records and among the first interracial rock bands to gain national acclaim. Love recorded the groundbreaking album “Forever Changes” and had minor hits with “7 and 7 Is” and “My Little Red Book.” Love, and Lee in particular, has often been cited as an influence on Led Zeppelin, the Doors and a multitude of more recent indie rock acts; Lee’s composition “5 String Serenade” was a hit for Mazzy Star in the 1990s. Organizers, who are calling the event We’re Doing It for Love, say it was designed to help solve a major financial crisis and “shine a long overdue spotlight on the hugely influential but greatly underappreciated music of one of the truly innovative and influential rock artists of all-time.” The benefit is presented by talent manager Alicia Gelernt and produced by concert promoter Steve Weitzman of SW Prods., in association with Lee’s manager Mark Linn. Tickets are on sale now.