A benefit show for Adopt the Arts took place at the Fonda Theater. The foundation, created by former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and Abby Berman, helps fund schools for arts programs. The event offered VIP tables and meet n’ greets, starting at $40 for general admission up to $4500 for a table of 10 with meet and greet.
The show honored newly inducted Rock N Roll Hall of Famers Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick). The all-star lineup included Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Lukather (Toto), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Will Lee (David Letterman Show), Robert and Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), Damon Fox (The Cult), Grant Fitzpatrick (The Cult), Stevie Salas (Mick Jagger) and special guest Joe Perry (Aerosmith).
Altogether the show lasted three hours and included covers and the performers’ own songs with everyone joining at the end for Led Zepplin classics, including a drum battle between Sorum and Smith. Coffee Bean, one of the event sponsors presented a check for $50,000 for arts education. A silent auction included posters from Shepard Fairey, John Varvatos sunglasses and cologne, Crosby Stills Nash and Young Book, Tommy Lee signed drumhead, Klipsch speakers, Kiss signed posters, vintage Cheap Trick shirts, Billy Gibbons signed book and more. There was also a live auction with a Metallica signed guitar, Steven Tyler hat and scarf, a guitar signed by all the event performers, Matt Sorum Guns N’ Roses drumhead, Slash signed guitar and a Shepard Fairey Black Sabbath poster.
Text and photos by Alex Kluft
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