Thursday, May 23, 2024

NYC: James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Pat Benatar Bring in $3 Mil for Gods Love We Deliver at 7th Annual Love Rocks Show


What a blast last night at the Beacon Theater in New York!

James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, the John Mayer Trio, Pat Benatar, Mavis Staples and a raft of all -star musicians played the seventh annual Love Rocks show produced by Greg Williamson, Nicole Rechter, and John Varvatos .

The gang — which also included guitar virtuoso Gary Clark, Jr., plus Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers, St. Vincent, the amazing Ledisi, and even NY Yankees great Bernie Williams, brought in $3 million for NYC’s essential charity, Gods Love We Deliver. The organization is famous for bringing hot meals to people too sick to shop or cook meals for themselves. Over 7 years Love Rocks has donated $25 million to the cause.

Other special guests taking the stage and sharing their enthusiasm for God’s Love We Deliver included Stephen Colbert, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Phoebe Robinson, Gina Gershon, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris. Colbert called attention to the fact that there is never a waitlist to join God’s Love We Deliver, jokingly saying, “Maybe they should be in charge of Taylor Swift tickets.”

The John Mayer Trio featuring John Mayer, Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan reunited for the first time in 6 years performing two of their originals and an electric cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Who Did You Think I Was.” All of the artists returned to the stage to close the night with a rousing performance of Curtis Mayfield’s classic, “People Get Ready.” in tribute to Jeff Beck, who had a hit on the song with Rod Stewart years ago. Curtis would have approved!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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