Billboard editor in chief Timothy White, who died June 27 of a heart attack, was known as a friend to artists and their causes. Now, performers are showing their support for White by holding two benefit concerts to raise money for his wife Judy Garlan White and two sons Alexander and Christopher.
Both called “Music To My Ears: In Celebration of Timothy White,” the shows will take place Oct. 7 at Boston’s FleetCenter and Oct. 8 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Confirmed for both shows are John Mellencamp, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and Sting. Jimmy Buffett and Brian Wilson will also appear at the New York concert, while James Taylor will play in Boston. More artists may be added.
All artists are donating their services. Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is promoting the Boston show; Metropolitan Entertainment and CCE are promoting the New York show.
Crow told Billboard earlier this year that a musical tribute would be a fitting way to remember White: “I know that Timothy stood for so many things and it would mean so much to him to know that people loved him so much and wanted to be there for his ‘folk.’ I think he would get a kick out of the show, and in a way, I think he’ll be there.”
There are also tentative plans for the artists to donate items for an Internet auction that will raise funds for the White family, as well as for a select number of VIP tickets to be made available that would include a reception with the artists.
Tickets go on sale for both shows Aug. 26 through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be available at the FleetCenter box office Aug. 26, and at the Madison Square Garden box office Aug. 27. Ticket prices are still being set; net proceeds will go to the White family. As they develop, further details will be made available on Billboard.com.
To read Billboard’s tribute to Timothy White, click here.