As previously announced, legendary guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have laid plans for a second benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and good friend, Cliff Cultreri. “A Benefit for Cliff II” will take place on Sunday, July 10th at the House of Blues, Hollywood, and will feature performances by both Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests and friends of the duo, including Dweezil Zappa, Orianthi, Brendon Small, and Tony MacAlpine, among others.
It was also announced over the holiday weekend that a live webcast is now confirmed for this amazing concert! On July 10th, 2011, GuitarTV will be streaming the full Joe Satriani & Steve Vai (and friends) "Cliff II" Benefit Concert- Live from the House of Blues in Hollywood! The “virtual concert ticket” to see the show is priced at $5.99 and the proceeds will go to Cliff Cultreri’s medical fund. For more information & to signup, please visit www.live.GuitarTV.com.
In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned online and on the evening of the concert. Among these items are a Steve Vai signed 20th Anniversary JEM guitar commemorating the entire line of Ibanez guitars. Steve used this guitar for the duration of the 2007 “String Theories Tour” and on the Grammy Nominated song "Now We Run", featured on the Platinum award-winning DVD Where the Wild Things Are. Other auction items include a Joe Satriani JS1000 guitar with personalized art, Joe Satriani JS1200 guitar autographed by all the musicians, and a Paul Gilbert autographed Ibanez guitar used on the Racer X Getting Heavier album. The online auction runs July 5th - 15th and can be viewed at www.satriani.com/benefitforcliff2.
Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who ‘discovered’ Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of Auto-Immune and Connective-Tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a 1 in 100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations. During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names including Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music. In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show. They raised money and brought attention to the devastation this disease takes out on both the patient and their family.
Satriani and Vai hope to raise even more funds with this year’s benefit to help Cultreri and his family’s financial needs. “It’s always a lot of fun to get on-stage and play with Steve,” said Satriani. “Having friends there to jam with us and help raise money for our friend Cliff will make it a very special night.”
Tickets prices start at $75 for general admission and are on sale now. A limited number of VIP and Platinum VIP packages are also available through satriani.com and vai.com. Doors will be at 7:00 pm with the show set to begin at 8:00 pm.