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Sold Out Rock Concert Benefits Tornado Victims
A sold-out concert with some of the biggest rock bands is raising money for victims of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Illinois last month.
Styx and REO Speedwagon are two of Brenda Schneider's favorite bands. Now, she's turning them to lift her spirits, while dealing with the unimaginable after a powerful tornado ripped through her hometown last month.
"My house was completely destroyed," Schneider said.
Now, it's Rock to the Rescue. Schneider is one of about 500 victims of the deadly tornadoes who was given tickets to the sold-out benefit concert to see Styx, REO Speedwagon, Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry the Cable Guy, Head East, Survivor and Brushville.
"For those of us that have been blessed and use our talents, we've all had success, all the bands here - some from Illinois - to help others in need, our fellow citizens, it's very important," Roger Boyd, Head East member and Illinois native, said.
All artists are foregoing all profits, to benefit communities hit by the deadly tornadoes.
"It's not even about the money, it's just enough that they care about us," Schneider said.
Some of the performers toured tornado damage in Washington, including Larry the Cable Guy.
"Oh it's horrible," he said. "You can't even describe it until you see it. It's like a war zone down there."
Despite that, the comedian was determined to make sure the crowd knew the benefit was about having fun.
"I'm going up in chaps and a thong tonight, and I've never done anything like that before, but I figured it'd be kind of nice," he joked to reporters.
The total amount raised is still being tallied, although we know ticket sales alone brought in more than $300,000. Artists also auctioned off items and with help from corporate sponsors. The total is expected to be well over $300,000. Charities benefiting include the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club.