Australia’s biggest names will gather for a benefit concert for Shane Cooper and Mick Skelton in Sydney on November 23.
Thirsty Merc production manager Shane Cooper was killed in a car accident on September 23, 2015 and drummer Mick Skelton was seriously injured.
Skelton has been released from hospital and is recuperating from home.
In a statement he said, “I’m incredibly grateful to everyone for the love and support that’s been shown since the tragic accident in September. Of course, all our hearts and thoughts are, and will always be, with Shane’s wife Olivia, their beautiful children and the entire Cooper family.
“Since being told of the benefit concert, not a day has gone by that I haven’t felt overwhelmed and so very humbled. I am so proud to be surrounded by people with such love and support for Shane’s family and for my family and myself. It says so much about everyone, from the people putting this together, to the absolutely stellar line up. It’s just incredible and words can’t describe what the night is going to be like.
“Even though there is still a long road of recovery left, my spirits remain high and I find comfort in the knowledge that I’ll soon be back behind the drums again, playing the music I love, with the people I love.
“To everyone, thank you SO much, inspiration is what can get us thru anything, and I’m not only incredibly driven to get up and get back out there, but I’m so very, very inspired. All my love, Mick xx”
The line-up for One For The Road is 1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Dragon, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers, Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander-Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff.
One for the Road’s promoter, Marc Christowski from Empire Touring, said today, “Shane Cooper was an integral part of my organisation and Mick Skelton is my go-to drummer. It’s not often this sort of tragedy strikes and I’m proud to say that we have been inundated with artists and crew offering their services to produce this extraordinary benefit concert. It’s going to be one hell of a show, packed with all the biggest hits, a huge production and some very special surprises.
One for the Road is proudly presented by Support Act and produced by Empire Touring. Support Act is the Australian music charity helping music professionals in crisis and all concert proceeds will go to the Cooper and Skelton families.
For anyone not able to attend the concert, donations can be made by going to www.supportact.org.au/donate, noting under “Benefit or Appeal” in Step 2 – SHANE & MICK.
Tickets for One for the Road go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 2 November 2015.
Monday, 23 November 2015 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on sale from 10am, Monday, 2 November from
www.ticketek.com.au and 132 849