Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Mumford & Sons and Sheryl Crow, among others, are pitching in to support public radio station KCSN/Los Angeles' upcoming benefit concert and pledge drive, which runs from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have signed on to play the radio station's first benefit concert, to be held Oct. 29 at the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Tickets to the concert will be sold during the KCSN-FM (88.5) pledge drive, which includes an online auction at kcsn.org .
U2, Coldplay, Crow, Bob Seger, Melissa Etheridge and Robbie Robertson have agreed to donate signed guitars. Johnson will contribute an autographed ukulele, and Mumford & Sons is providing an autographed banjo. A signed lithograph from the members of Superheavy (Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman) will also be auctioned.
U2 had donated a one-of-a-kind Gretsch Falcon guitar. The band is asking for a minimum bid of $150,000 for the instrument.
"When I was young, the DJ on the radio told me to believe in the magic of rock'n'roll," KCSN program director Sky Daniels said in a statement. "All these years later, the generosity and love from these artists re-affirms that faith. Words cannot express our gratitude, so our actions will. We will ensure that more listeners have access to the station and to the work of both legendary and emerging artists."
Proceeds from the KCSN pledge drive will be used for growth initiatives at the station, including signal improvements and community outreach. A portion of proceeds will also be given to National Public Radio's Music Initiative. Further details about the pledge drive, auction and benefit concert are available at kcsn.org .