By Hilary Gridley
Addiction is a very real issue many artists struggle to overcome, and having a strong support network can make the all the difference between recovery and relapse. After committing to sobriety, the late DJ AM dedicated himself to helping others struggling with substance abuse before a tragic plane crash left him with severe physical pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. On May 31, MusiCares will honor his memory during its eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert with a presentation commemorating the official launch of the DJ AM Memorial Fund.
The DJ AM Memorial Fund will help MusiCares provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need by funding addiction recovery services for its clients, supplementing the organization’s resources for helping people cope with financial, medical, and personal emergencies related to addiction. Additionally, by honoring the musical legacy of Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein in conjunction with his commitment to sobriety, the fund aims to help MusiCares clear the stigma associated with addiction and substance abuse.
Thursday’s concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles will also honor Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher for their support of MusiCares and their work to further the mission and goals of the organization. Comedian/stuntman Steve-O, himself a recovered addict, will host the event featuring performances by Alice in Chains, Heart, Billy Idol, Mark Lanegan, Duff McKagen’s Loaded, as well as a DJ set by Moby, and more.