The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is planning a benefit concert and photo exhibit in Hollywood next month to celebrate the music and life of Grammy-winning musician and mesothelioma victim Warren Zevon, who died in 2003.

Warren Zevon in 1978. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Zevon’s son Jordan, a musician himself, will co-host the July 7 event at Mr. Musichead Gallery with George Gruel, his father’s former road manager and author of the newly released book, “Lawyers Guns & Photos: Photographs and Tales of My Adventures with Warren Zevon.”

“This once-in-a-lifetime event will bring together friends, musicians, collaborators, colleagues and fans to not only celebrate my father’s legacy, but also contribute to fight to end the asbestos crisis in America,” Jordan Zevon said.

“Asbestos diseases cannot currently be cured, but they can be prevented through education and awareness. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to my father.”

The house band will feature Randy Brown, Larry Larson and John Wood from Warren Zevon’s 1982 touring band, along with David Landau and Zeke Zirngiebel, who played on the “Stand in the Fire” album.

A live auction of Zevon memorabilia is also planned.

Zevon’s death from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, moved his son to become the national spokesperson for ADAO.

“With as many as 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos diseases each year, I am not alone and my story is truly no different than any other family affected by the tragedy of asbestos,” Jordan Zevon said. “ADAO gives victims like me and countless others a united voice and unmatched strength to work toward a future without asbestos.”

Tickets are $20 and available via the Eventbrite website. A VIP package that includes a pre-concert champagne reception with artists and celebrities is available for $100.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the live auction will be donated to ADAO, according to a representative of the organization.

— City News Service

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