Saturday, April 2, 2011

Steven Tyler to present award to Depeche Mode singer at MusiCares event

As one half of the legendary “Toxic Twins,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale.

Who better, then, to help honor a fellow recovering addict celebrate sobriety than when Tyler will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Depeche Mode's lead vocalist Dave Gahan at the 7th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert on May 6.

Gahan is being honored for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts going through their recovery process.

“The MusiCares MAP Fund is an unbelievably important and courageous organization,” said Gahan in a release. “They continue to make a momentous commitment to the music community, and I am proud to support their ongoing work in raising awareness and funds.”

As a recovering heroin addict, Gahan has had more than his share of brushes with death. The Depeche Mode singer has endured a heart attack on stage, a suicide attempt and an overdose, all while trying to maintain a life and a career.

The MusiCares MAP Fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment. MusiCares offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses, including rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.

The 7th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert happens at Club Nokia in los Angeles on May 6.

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