BLOOMINGTON — Illinois’ rock royalty is banding together for a storm relief fundraiser Dec. 4 at Bloomington’s U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
Veteran Midwest rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx will headline “Rock to the Rescue Extends a Hand to Those in Need,” with proceeds going to affected families in area communities hit by Sunday’s devastating tornadoes and storms.
Also appearing at the 7 p.m. concert will be a roster of special guests to be announced. Tickets are $28 to $58, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at www.ticketmaster.com. Also being accepted are donations at www.rocktotherescue.net.
“The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt,” Styx guitarist and Illinois native James Young said in statement Thursday.
“It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great state,” he added. “And the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois."
Rock to the Rescue is a nonprofit organization founded 12 years ago by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO’s Kevin Cronin as the result of 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Recently, the group raised $108,000 on behalf of the Boston One Fund helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Said Cronin, “I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word ‘Illinois’ is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering is Washington and the surrounding area is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own … the people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs.”