The Police and Rock and Roll?
Bellus Magazine had a burning question: How do high-profile, legendary rock musicians and the police come together in Hollywood? We found out: They loudly “rock the inner city” with a concert for which all proceeds benefit PAL (Police Activities League) youth programs in South Los Angeles.
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It’s all in the spirit of bringing the community together, and it’s all done with this understanding: ultimately we can best positively impact the community not by arresting our way out of it but by reaching out to build relationships and to offer support programs.
It is that powerful message and call to action for which Commander Phillip Tingirides and Sgt. Emada Tingirides (both of whom will be guest speakers at the “Rock the Inner City” concert) were honored at the White House this year—acknowledging their achievement of dramatically reducing crime in Watts through community reach-out and social programs (tutoring, sports, conflict resolution, etc.)
As noted in a 20 Jan 15 L.A. Times article (Veronica Rocha and Kate Mather):
For years, police had been trying to reduce neighborhood crime in Watts by arresting their way out of it. But Tingirides says that technique “just wasn’t working.”
“I was getting my butt handed to me,” he said.
So, he said he decided just to listen as residents expressed their frustration. Gradually, he said, he realized the anger wasn’t necessarily directed at him, but directed toward the uniform he wore.
“There is a lot of good people in Watts and South L.A.,” the captain said, “and good cops that want to make a difference.”
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All-Star Cast of Rock Musicians
The “Royal Machines” benefit concert will feature these rock legends:
Mark McGrath Vocals from Sugar Ray [Has sold in the neighborhood of 10 million records worldwide (including a number of top hits), has been a co-host of the TV show Extra, and has numerous other credits in the movie/TV industry.]
Chris Chaney bass player from Jane’s Addiction [icons of the Alternative Nation]
Steve Stevens [Grammy award-winning guitarist, songwriter, and composer of hit songs; has played with Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil; has performed on numerous movie sound tracks; has appeared on the international hit reality show “Married to Rock”]
Donovan Leitch Vocals
Billy Morrison Guitar and Vocals [from Billy Idol and The Cult]
Dave Kushner Guitar [from Velvet Revolver]
Dean Butterworth Drums [from Good Charlotte and Morrissey]
For more info watch “This is Royal Machines” below…
Doors open 6:00 p.m. (free valet parking and refreshments served), along with a silent auction to include a guitar signed by all members of Jane’s Addiction–and more. VIP ticket holders to receive a 5-star dinner at the Renaissance Restaurant, as well as a meet-and-greet with the band.
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The opening song will be performed by an all-girls rock band created through PAL mentoring.
Get ready to ROCK and get ready to contribute to a positive movement that will support inner-city children and that will foster more positive relations between the community and the police!
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