Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick donates $20,000 to MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Foundation®
Bill Edwards and Company committed portion of ticket sales from Cheap Trick’s recent critically-acclaimed run at the Las Vegas Hilton
LAS VEGAS – October 9, 2009 – Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. is pleased to announce its critically-acclaimed shows of “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton helped raise $20,000 to support the emergency health and human service and addiction recovery programs of MusiCares®, the music industry’s charity of choice, and the music education programs of the GRAMMY Foundation®. A portion of every ticket sold during the Las Vegas residency is being donated to these nonprofit organizations of The Recording Academy®.
“Music programs in our schools are usually the first ones cut, especially in an economy such as ours. These programs are so important that we wanted to make sure we were doing our part,” said “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick Producer Bill Edwards. “When you work with really talented musicians such as Cheap Trick you know how important it is for kids to have access to music and for professional musicians to have a safety net if they need it. The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares are two of the most important organizations around that work every day to ensure music remains a vibrant part of our culture.”
A CD and companion DVD of the live performance of Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick, were released the end of August and are in stores now after the overwhelming response to Cheap Trick’s rendition of “Sgt. Pepper Live.” The CD and DVD were both recorded in New York during a benefit concert for Michael Milken’s Prostate Cancer Foundation. Cheap Trick also performed “Sgt. Pepper Live” in 2007 and 2008 to sold-out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl. The DVD offers interview footage as well as a closer look at some of the special guest artists including Joan Osborne, Ian Ball and Rob Laufer, all of whom joined Cheap Trick for their Las Vegas Hilton residency.
Sgt. Pepper Live by Cheap Trick salutes the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ influential Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with an energetic live performance that features the New York Philharmonic orchestra, Indian Sitar Band and an array of special guest artists. At the helm of the production is Geoff Emerick, the renowned engineer of the classic 1967 album. Never performed in its entirety by The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper Live allows Cheap Trick to incorporate their brand of power-pop into the classic songs while paying tribute to music legends.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.
About GRAMMY Foundation
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture- from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.