Music stars show Big Love to benefit COVID-impacted crew

Performances by Styx's Tommy Shaw, Billy Idol, Wynonna Judd, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash), the Allman Betts Band, Matt Sorum and others. Poison's Bret Michael will introduce the program, while Sammy Hagar and Chicago are among those contributing special messages to run during the streamcast.

Lauren Monroe and her husband, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, spearheaded the all-star Big Love Benefit Concert taking place virtually on Saturday, Jan. 23 (Photo by Steve Jennings) 

There will also be auction items including an army jacket singed by Idol, a drum kit autographed by Allen and a virtual Mett & Greet with Florence & the Machine.

"it was an easy yes," says Shaw, whose band has toured with Def Leppard in the past. Styx also did a virtual fan Q&A with the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp during December to raise money for its crew members. "It's not an isolated thing in Styx. It's everywhere. It's great to see other organizations feel the same way we do, and the fans really seem to like to have the opportunity to know how to support the crew. I know our fans know our crew, especially the ones that come out every time we play in their town."

Allen adds that, "I think a lot of our crew members like to remain anonymous, but some of ours have been with us since the 80s, and I can't imagine them not being there. So it's important to do what we can to help them."

Allen says he and Monroe also envision the Big Love benefit, named after the 2020 EP by Monroe and her band, as a possible series of streaming shows

"That's what we're trying to do," he says. "We've got this first one pretty much done. It would be wonderful to do a second one so the money keeps coming. We really don't know when we'll be able to get back to (touring), so the need will be there for some time to come."

The Big Love Benefit Concert, benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Performers include Billy Idol, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Myles Kennedy, Wynonna Judd, the Allman Betts Band, Def Leppard's Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe, and others. Tickets via

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