Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen staging virtual concert to aid out-of-work musicians

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and wife Lauren Monroe are staging a virtual concert to help musicians who are in financial distress due to the effects of Covid-19 on the touring industry.
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and wife Lauren Monroe are staging a virtual concert to help musicians who are in financial distress due to the effects of Covid-19 on the touring industry.

Credit: Steve Jennings

Credit: Steve Jennings

Billy Idol, Tommy Shaw and Wynonna Judd are also on board to perform.

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is teaming with a parade of artists including Billy Idol, Tommy Shaw of Styx and Wynonna Judd, for a virtual concert to provide assistance to musicians and industry workers in financial distress due to Covid-19.

Along with singer-songwriter wife Lauren Monroe, Allen has established the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and on Jan. 23 will host the “Big Love Benefit Concert” and fundraiser.

Set for 9 p.m. EST via nugs.tv, the show will also feature Myles Kennedy, Matt Sorum, Clayton Q and the Allman Betts Band. Video messages are expected from Sammy Hagar, Chicago and other guests.

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Tickets for the concert are $14.99 for access to the stream and $25 for a VIP experience which also includes a Zoom interaction with Allen and Monroe following the event.

Last summer, Allen and Monroe released the EP “Big Love” with help from drummers Steve Ferrone and Kenny Aronoff, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Bob Glaub. Proceeds from that endeavor benefited the rapid response fund Project Resiliency through Allen and Monroe’s charity, the Raven Drum Foundation.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the “Big Love Benefit Concert,” click here.

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