The Allman Brothers Band to Play Benefit Show in New York City on July 27th
Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:55:15
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The Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman will work together with Merck and the American Liver Foundation on "Tune In to Hep C," a public health campaign to help raise awareness of chronic hepatitis C virus infection. To help turn up the volume around hepatitis C, a benefit concert featuring The Allman Brothers Band will be held in New York on July 27th, the eve of World Hepatitis Day.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Allman's liver transplant, which he received after his liver had become damaged from chronic hepatitis C infection. Allman has returned to performing and recording music, and now wants to help raise awareness of hepatitis C. That is very noble of this rock 'n' roll legend. He can share his experiences with others afflicted with the same health issue. Big ups, Gregg!
"I'm excited to be working with Merck and the American Liver Foundation because there are many people who have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C, but aren't taking action. I want to tell them, don't wait. Doing nothing is not an option; they need to talk with their doctor," said Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. "I made the decision to take action and talk to my doctor, so that I could get back to making the music I love. I want others to take that action too, and if I can help make that happen, I've done my job."
Nearly 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially serious disease that can damage the liver over time and lead to cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Many people infected with chronic hepatitis C do not know that they have the virus – approximately 60 to 80 percent of people infected with chronic hepatitis C virus do not have symptoms.
The American Liver Foundation (ALF) joined the "Tune In to Hep C" campaign to help elevate awareness of this important public health issue. ALF is a national organization advocating for those living with liver disease and their families, and provides education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
The concert, Tune In to Hep C Presents The Allman Brothers Band, will take place at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on July 27th, the eve of World Hepatitis Day. The Beacon Theatre has special meaning for Allman, who has played there every year since 1991 with the exception of 2007, when the band had to cancel their performance because Allman was too ill from his chronic hepatitis C to play. Tickets will go on sale today, Wednesday, June 22nd, at 12:00PM EDT. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, select Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at The Beacon Theatre box office beginning June 23rd.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will be donated to community-based organizations that provide education and support services to people with chronic hepatitis C.
Are you going to tune in with The Allman Brothers Band to help raise awareness and funds for those battling Hep C?