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Rock Hall Announces 2008 "It's Only Rock and Roll" Annual Benefit Concert

By malcolm Published: April 2, 2008

This should be fun and a bit surreal...


Proceeds will benefit the Museum's educational programs

Ticket purchases offer chance to win tickets to 2009 Inductions in Cleveland and Inductee Summer Concert Package

Cleveland, OH- It's going to be red hot and rockin' all night long for a great cause. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 7th annual It's Only Rock and Roll Benefit on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the historic Public Hall at the Cleveland Convention Center.

This event is presented by National City with additional support provided by Mercedes Benz of North Olmsted and Porsche of North Olmsted. Clear Channel Radio, Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine, WKYC Channel 3, the Plain Dealer, Free Times, Call & Post and Cool Cleveland will provide generous media support of the Benefit.

"This year's line-up includes something for every music fan and is an affordable way to support the Rock Hall in its efforts to grow its educational programs, build Cleveland as a rock and roll center and bring the Inductions back to the city in 2009," said Bill Rowley, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board Member and Benefit Chairperson.

The All-Star Benefit will include performances from:

* Patty Smyth ("The Warrior," "Goodbye to You")

* Sugarhill Gang ("Rapper's Delight")

* Lou Gramm of Foreigner ("Cold As Ice," "Feels Like the First Time")

* Howard Hewett of Shalamar ("The Second Time Around," "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills")

* Rob Parissi of Wild Cherry ("Play that Funky Music White Boy")

* Roy Head ("Treat Her Right," "Just a Little Bit")

The house band will feature some of rock and roll's most talented musicians: Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey) and Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special) on guitar, Rob Arthur (Joan Osborne, Peter Frampton) on keys, Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel) on drums and Will Lee (The Late Show with David Letterman) on bass.

Individual Tickets will go on sale to the public for $15 on Monday, April 7.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum's box office or through Ticketmaster at

Table Packages for the show are $3,000, $5,000 and $7,500. Individual tickets on the floor are available for $300. For more information on table packages or individual floor tickets, please call Jennifer Muselin at the Rock Hall at (216) 515-1207 or .

Ticket Sweepstakes

Individual tickets to the benefit are available for as low as $15. Those purchasing a ticket to the Rock Hall Benefit through will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland or a package of two tickets to each of Live Nation's summer Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee concerts: Eric Clapton, Blossom, May 31; James Taylor, Blossom, June 3; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers w/ Steve Winwood, Blossom, June 22; Earth, Wind and Fire, Plain Dealer Pavilion, July 26; Rod Stewart (Bryan Adams will be an opening act), Blossom, August 9. If you purchase your ticket at the Museum Box Office, you can enter to win by filling out an entry form. No purcha! se necessary to enter or win. See official rules on starting on April 7, 2008.

Live Auction Items

The Rock Hall benefit will feature a live auction with exciting and one-of-a-kind- packages including:

Dinner with the King

Enjoy a once in a lifetime chance to have dinner with the legendary LeBron James! You and a guest will enjoy an evening of great food and conversation with the one and only.

Porsche Grand Tour in a 2009 Turbo Convertible

You and a guest will arrive in Stuttgart, where Porsche builds its legendary 911 sports cars. The Grand Tour features a visit to the Porsche museum, a VIP Factory Tour, followed by a cocktail reception and welcome dinner and much more.

Mercedes-Benz Adventure

Tour Europe in a brand new Mercedes-Benz SL63. Regardless of the season - whether it's during the spring, summer, fall or winter - you can cruise through the Black Forest and navigate your way around other parts of Europe for a truly memorable touring experience.

Kenny Chesney Pirates & Poets Concert Experience

Concert will feature Sammy Hagar, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, and Gary Allen. Four guests will experience this high-energy concert under the stars at Browns Stadium on Saturday, May 24 2008.

Rolling Stone Magazine Internship

If you are enthusiastic in learning every aspect of magazine publishing from the iconic Rolling Stone Magazine, then this is the experience of a lifetime for you. This internship may start in the fall of 2008, or spring of 2009 for a maximum of one semester and may be used for college credit.

All ticket purchases and auction proceeds benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's nationally-acclaimed educational programs.

The Cause

The Rock Hall It's Only Rock and Roll Benefit proceeds will support the Museum's increasingly popular educational programming which explores the impact that modern music has had on our culture, politics and society. Tens of thousands of students and visitors of all ages are reached annually in Northeast Ohio, across the country and around the world through the Rock Hall's public programming.

More than 25,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers are reached annually through the popular Rockin' the Schools program. Nearly 10,000 students in more than 25 states across the country and in Canada, Mexico and Australia have experienced On the Road, the Rock Hall's distance learning program. The Museum's Toddler Rock program has served more than 4,000 at-risk three to five year-olds in Cleveland. On Wednesday evenings each month the Museum hosts free educational programs for adults including From Songwriters to Soundman: The People Behind the Hits, Rock and Roll Night School and Teachers Rock for area educators. For more information on the Museum's FREE educational programming, please visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit





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