Classic Rock Photos Go on the Block to Battle Parkinson’s

November 29th, 2016

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PHOTOS: Mark Weiss

Renowned rock photographer Mark Weiss has donated 21 of his classic rock photographs from the Seventies and Eighties to the Light of Day Foundation’s annual Charitybuzz fundraising effort, with proceeds directly benefitting the foundation in its global battle against Parkinson’s disease.

The Light of Day Foundation is currently celebrating 17 years of fighting Parkinson’s and related illnesses through Light of Day Winterfest 2017: The Beat Goes On. The 10-day music festival will bring more than 150 music acts to 30 venues in three New Jersey cities, as well as New York City and Philadelphia, in January following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. Last year, the foundation raised a record $525,000, bringing its 16-year total to nearly $4 million.

Weiss shot the cover photos for two of the most memorable albums of the Eighties: Bon Jovi’s multi-Platinum breakthrough, Slippery When Wet, and Twisted Sister’s smash hit album, Stay Hungry. His photos in this year’s auction include iconic images of David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen, Prince, Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen on his original tour for The River, in 1980. All photographs are signed by Weiss. The auction is running now through December 15, 2016 at CharityBuzz.com/LightofDay
 
Weiss is extremely passionate about his photo auctions, which he started in 2013 to benefit Lunch Break, the soup kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, by launching an art program with the Boys and Girls Club. Weiss also recently raised money with his photographs in support of the Rockit Live Foundation’s live music education mission at its 2016 Gala, where Maureen and Steven Van Zandt were honored for their lifetime devotion to the arts.

“I never imagined when I was 16 and sneaking my camera into concerts that I could make a living out of it, much less help out those in need by donating the sales of these photos some three decades later,” Weiss says. “My career as a photographer has been a dream come true, and it’s time to give back.
 
“Whether helping the people in my hometown with life’s basic necessities or supporting the overwhelming battle against Parkinson’s, we all do whatever we can. I am honored to stand alongside the generous and talented musicians I have worked with for decades to once again help make this year’s Light of Day Winterfest an epic success.”

Weiss says he has been especially humbled and inspired by Bob Benjamin’s story. Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson’s since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, New Jersey, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the Light of Day Foundation was born in 2000. Benjamin named the Foundation after the Springsteen anthem “Light of Day,” which features the fitting lyrics: “Well I’m a little down under, but I’m feeling okay. I got a little lost along the way. I’m just around the corner to the light of day.”  
 
Light of Day WinterFest has gained international acclaim for surprise performances by Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years, and always at the Paramount Theater since Bob’s Birthday Bash was added to the festivities. Bob’s Birthday Bash is the all-star anchor event of Light of Day WinterFest in the Foundation’s global battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and the Parkinsonisms “through the awesome power of music.” Last year’s Bash was headlined by New Jersey power-pop legends the Smithereens.
  
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Bruce Springsteen presents a birthday cake to Bob Benjamin at the annual Bob’s Birthday Bash in 2012. | PHOTO: Mark Weiss  
 
Tickets for the event are on sale now. With the exception of the Paramount show, plenty of tickets are available for all other Light of Day WinterFest 2017 events in Asbury Park and New York City. Complete, up-to-the-minute information on all Light of Day events can be found on the official Light of Day website.
 
Tickets for all Light of Day Winterfest 2017 events, with the exception of Bob’s Birthday Bash, are on sale now for live music events being held at such other fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the new Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, as well as the Cutting Room in NYC, World Café Live in Philadelphia, and Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, New Jersey. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages—as well as single tickets to each show — are available.
 
For more about Light of Day Foundation, go to LightofDay.org.

For more about Mark Weiss, go to WEISSGUYgallery.com.

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