On Friday night (January 5), a large group of musicians gathered together for Help The Hoople to help raise money for longtime R.E.M. tour band member and frontman for Minus 5, Scott McCaughey. In November he suffered a stroke, which led to an abundant list of bills as well putting a damper on his career.
To help raise money, Mike Mills (of R.E.M.), Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss (of Sleater-Kinney), Chris Funk (of The Decemberists), James Mercer (of The Shins), Patterson Hood (of Drive By Truckers), Jerry Joseph, Justin Townes Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, M. Ward, Kurt Bloch, and Fernando took to the stage to rock the fuck out. If you were in Portland, and not at the Star Theater, what the fuck is going on with you?
A second benefit will go down tonight. Get on that.
For now, check out clips from the show last night.
Photo by mattleamy