Bruce Springsteen has accepted an invitation to join friend Joe Grushecky at a benefit concert for victims of flooding in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. The Dec. 2 show will take place at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, a 2,600-seat venue that is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds from the Flood Aid ’04 show are earmarked for area residents hit hardest by the mid-September storm.
Tickets priced at $75 to $150 will go on sale Monday (Nov. 22) via the venue box office (412-392-4900 and pittsburghsymphony.org.
Grushecky will serve as musical director for the multi-artist show. Springsteen is expected to sit in with his band the Houserockers for at least an hour. Other artists on the bill are Jill West & the Blues Attack, Bill Deasy & Rob James, BE Taylor and John Grushecky & the Johns.
Springsteen last joined Pittsburgh-based Grushecky on stage less than two weeks ago at the Nov. 6 Light of Day concert in Asbury Park, N.J. The annual event is organized by Grushecky’s manager, former Billboard staffer Bob Benjamin, and raises money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Springsteen, who produced Grushecky’s 1995 Razor & Tie album “American Babylon,” has appeared at all eight Light of Day concerts. He made news recently with his public support of John Kerry’s failed bid for the U.S. presidency, making personal appearances with the Democratic candidate and headlining shows on the multi-artist Vote for Change tour.