ROCK superstar, Bruce Springsteen, is a big-time supporter of a charity staging a fund-raising concert in Glasgow this month.
This year’s Scottish leg of the Light of Day (LOD) charity gig features nine acts, including four from the USA, and all are performing for free.
Staged in aid of research into neurological diseases, all money raised from the Friday, November 29 gig at Oran Mor goes direct to charities.
The line-up features Jesse Malin, Guy Davis, Joe D’Urso and Rob Dye from the United States along with home-based talent such as Maeve O’Boyle, Jim Dead, Jack Law, Adam Smith and Billy Crawford.
LOD Scotland is organised by city businessmen and keen music fans, Mike Simpson, Graeme Brown – both have relatives with MS and Parkinson’s – and Mike Ritchie, who are committed to establishing the show as an annual event.
“The guys coming over from the States all have close connections to Bruce Springsteen who has headlined nine out of the 13 LOD concerts in the States,” said Mike Simpson, a fan of The Boss who has seen him live almost 100 times all over the world.
“We raised £5,000 last year so it would be great if we could top that this time round.”
‘Light of Day’ is the title of a Springsteen song and a film starring Parkinson’s sufferer, Michael J Fox. The charity was established in 2000 to raise money for the disease, after Bob Benjamin, a well-known music figure in the New York area was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
The first event was in the Springsteen home territory of Asbury Park, New Jersey where it now runs for four or five days each year with satellite tours in Europe and Canada.
“We can’t have Springsteen but we do have a great line-up of US and home-grown talent,” said Graeme Brown.
“We’ve got a strong line-up again so we’re hoping for a good turn-out. Half the money raised goes to the Light of Day Foundation and half to local charities in Scotland – Revive MS Support and Funding Neuro.”
• Light of Day Scotland Charity Concert: Friday, November 29, Oran Mor: doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: £13.50 (£10) online via Ticketweb.co.uk / at the venue / Tickets Scotland
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