The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California was the place where a host of musicians and other celebrities gathered for the annual Rock to Recovery 4 benefit concert and fundraising event. Founded by Wes Geer (Korn, Hed P.E.) in December of 2012, Rock to Recovery’s primary focus is to help people who are in treatment from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues, with the healing and transformative power of music.
Among those who attended this year’s sold-out event were Geer, Sonny Mayo (Rock to Recovery, His Eyes Have Fangs, Ugly Kid Joe, Snot), Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), Brandon Novak (Pro Skater, TV Personality), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), and Eden Sassoon (TV Personality). Honorees of the night were musician and producer John Feldmann (2019 Rock to Recovery Service Award recipient), and 2019 Rock to Recovery ICON Award recipient, actor/musician Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Married with Children).
Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor delivers an emotional acceptance speech after receiving the Recovery 2017 Icon Award:
More talent gathered onstage with the band Sacred Sons, comprised of accomplished musicians who are Rock to Recovery associates. Bassist Odadjian joined the Sacred Sons lineup which included Geer (guitar), Mayo (guitar), Matt Bartosch (vocals), Clinton Calton (bass), Brandon Jordan (vocals), Matt Bradford (guitar), Zac Morris (drums), and others.
Playing a varied setlist that included hits from Alice in Chains, Muse, The White Stripes, The Strokes, and System of a Down, the Sacred Sons had the crowd moving. There were lots of smiles and laughter on that stage.
Singing and strumming the guitar with a backing band, Katey Sagal’s performance was impressive. Her speech after being handed her Recovery Icon Award was one of the sure highlights of the evening.
Notably, the majority of people in attendance, entertainers as well as the audience, are in recovery from some form of addiction, so the Fonda was virtually alcohol and drug-free. As unusual as that environment was for a rock show, it never lacked for energy and entertainment.
Watch a short compilation of some red-carpet coverage of Rock To Recovery 4: