Thursday, April 06, 2006

"Arthur Lee needs Love"

Forwarded from Mike Watt, from some West Coast friends:

Arthur Lee from Love has recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and has undergone 3 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy. Doctors are hopeful for a full recovery, but Arthur still faces more chemo, extensive hospital stays, and a possible bone marrow transplant. Arthur Lee has no health insurance to cover his growing (over $100,000+) medical bills.

Arthur Lee (Love) is a man larger than life. A flamboyant artist with a trail of myth and mythology that follows him like a purple feathered boa. His band Love was the first rock band signed to Electra, and Arthur is responsible for talking Jac Holtzman into signing the Doors. Before all this, in 1964, Arthur gave his friend, an unknown Jimi Hendrix, his first appearance on record (the Arthur penned My Diary, by Rosa Lee Brooks). Love's third recording, "Forever Changes", is still widely considered to be one of the great rock n roll discs of all time. Love were true artists, but not "careerist". They preferred living together in "the castle" near Griffith Park, to life on the road. Arthur even turned down invitations to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival and Woodstock.

In the 90's Arthur spent eight years behind bars for "allegedly" shooting off a gun in his apartment. When he was released, he wasted no time getting back to the road and his music. During the past four years, Arthur has performed "Forever Changes" to sold out audiences and fantastic reviews throughout Europe and the United States, backed by the local group Baby Lemonade, and a string and horn section. Just when he thought his bad times were finally over, he learned he was sick.

To help cover his medical expenses, Spaceland Productions, Bruce Solar from The Agency Group, and Mark Linn from Delmore Recording Society are producing a benefit concert/tribute for Arthur. We would like to extend a warm invitation to those bands and performers who want to be part of this benefit to honor one of the greatest singer / songwriters of our time.

The concert will be held in late May / early June; we are looking at venues of all sizes: The Avalon, El Rey, Disney Hall, or GreekTheatre with the line up determining the location. Artists we are currently speaking with include X, Calexico, and Cake. Baby Lemonade is available to back up any singer and there will be a string section as well.

We are looking for artists to perform a few of Arthur's songs that capture the spirit and magic of Arthur Lee & Love. All proceeds will go to Arthur's medical expenses.

For further information please contact:

Mitchell Frank or Liz Garo: 323 662 7728
Bruce Solar: 310 385 2800
Mark Linn: 615 480 6923

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let me tell you that the benefit for Arthur Lee performed at the Beekmanin NYC on June 23, 2006 was an incredable experience. We had the distinct pleasure of seeing Arthur Lee perform live at Town Hall in NY a few years back and Nils Loughran, Ian Hunter,Yo La Tengo, Cliff Magraw, Ryan Adams and Robert Plant's tribute to A.L. was back of your neck hair raising. We pray he makes a full recovery and performs again so he gets the worldwide recognition he truly deserves.

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Blogger Laurie /Lozman/Eldred J said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of Arthur Lee. First Syd Barrett, and now his tempestuous transatlantic twin. I know Interstellar Overdrive was Syd's attempt to nick the riff from Can't Explain and then they both depart in a month, weird. I have posted a mini trib on my blog at lozman.blogspot.com if you want to leave a comment

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