On Tuesday June 5, musician Joey Molland will perform a special benefit at The Old Log Theatre in Excelsior, Minnesota, with all of his heart focused on the cause. Proceeds from the “Come Together” public benefit concert will help offset expenses incurred by the Doug Molland family. Doug, Joey’s older brother, recently underwent heart surgery and is making an encouraging recovery.
The show is going to be a must-see concert event. Classic rock fans know Joey Molland best for his band, Badfinger, and the hits “No Matter What” and “Baby Blue,” if not for Paul McCartney’s “Come and Get It.” Longtime fans know that Joey also supported John Lennon on “Imagine” and George Harrison at The Concert for Bangladesh.
Joey will perform at Tuesday night’s benefit show with his band, Shakespeare’s Pipe. Opening bands will include the Twin Cities Beatle tribute band, A Hard Day’s Night and The Garbonzos.
Excelsior resident Doug Molland is surrounded by loving family and friends during his recovery. Mark W. Kelly, organizer of the benefit, offers kudos to the evening’s support team, including Excelsior’s Sound Sisters, Minnetonka Music, and he’s also a co-sponsor through his firm, Kelly Law Offices. Staging costs are being underwritten by Willie’s American Guitars of St. Paul, Englander Dental of Edina, and philanthropists, Bob and Gwen Brown.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is now the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, having just been edged out by COPD. The American Heart Association has come a long way in research, but the costs of heart health care have skyrocketed in just the past two years. As noted by the American Heart Association, “Since 1949 the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.3 billion on research to increase knowledge about cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
Staggering statistics tell the story: “In 2010 the total costs of cardiovascular diseases in the United States were estimated to be $444 billion. Treatment of these diseases accounts for about $1 of every $6 spent on health-care in this country.”
Now, those are the dollars spent on research and costs of annual expenditures for treating heart disease. Where does the money come from to pay for these costs? Insurance pays for part or most of procedures and hospital stays, if you’re fortunate, but so many related expenses are simply not covered.
Unseen costs are often astronomical, such as long-term therapy, transportation back and forth to doctors, some medicines that don’t come in generics, and you find the co-pay is either absurd or obscene. The bottom line is that no matter how prepared you think you are for managing heart disease, everyone needs extra funds to get back to even in the battle against heart disease and stroke.
The public is invited to attend Tuesday night, for a very modest admission price of $15. Food and cash bar will be available. A silent auction will also feature some must-have items, and while you walk around and check out the items, you’ll enjoy music from a popular blues quartet, The Abiders.
It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime, for the cause-of-a-lifetime event that symbolizes a brother’s love, from one heart, to another. All proceeds directly benefit the Doug Molland family at this important time. Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 8:00 pm.
Badfinger fans: if you can’t make the show, and you’d like to contribute, you can still donate to the event by calling organizer Mark Kelly at 952.474.5977. But, if you’re within driving range of Exclesior, see you at the Old Log Theatre (located at 5185 Meadville Street), Tuesday night, no matter what.