Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), and Mike Garson (David Bowie keyboardist) are set to join former Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison at their latest ‘Above Ground’ supergroup show on September 16th at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles to raise awareness for mental health issues with MusiCares. The supergroup will perform David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ and Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ debut album. Soundgarden recently made a bold Gavin Rossdale revelation.
Navarro said about the albums, “Both of these iconic albums helped shape the sound of Jane’s Addiction and were instrumental in terms of influences. As a young man I had been drawn to theatrical performances, KISS and Elton John among them. When I got to ‘Ziggy’, it was as if I had found the perfect blend of theater, story and depth with a musical originality. As for Iggy, let’s just say that our punk rock roots were firmly in place when this album came out, pushing the boundaries of aggression and art and poetry, something that I see in Perry Farrell as well. It’s no wonder Iggy is one of his all-time favorites as well.”
Morrison added, “Oh, the ‘Ziggy’ album was everything to me. A sexually ambiguous alien in a woman dress singing about space? What is there NOT to like about that? Mick Ronson formed my whole playing — listening to his Les Paul when I was a kid was almost a spiritual experience. And the Stooges just personified raw power and emotion — the things that spoke to me the most when punk was happening.” Gavin Rossdale is currently touring with Bush, and lost an original bandmate.