Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor will be among the star names at a December concert to benefit London’s 100 Club, which is currently under threat of closure.
Wood – a member of the Rolling Stones since 1974 – and Taylor, his immediate predecessor in the band, will join blues guitarist Stephen Dale Petit and his band for a very special show on 1 December. All profits will go to the Save The 100 Club campaign.
As previously reported on PSN-e here, The 100 Club could close in December due to escalating operating costs. A concerted campaign to save the venue got underway as soon as te news broke, the aim being to raise £500,000 by the end of November: half of this sum would go towards paying creditors and the sale of the merchandising rights pertaining to The 100 Club brand, while the remaining £250K would enable the venue to operate normally and develop further in the future. The plan is for the club to operate as a non-profit organisation with its donors serving as the new owners. A board of Trustees would be democratically elected by the donors to run the venue.
As of 27 October, the campaign had raised a total of £41,175, so it is clear that there is still a long way to go. For more information, please consult the dedicated campaign website: www.savethe100club.co.uk. For full details of the 1 December benefit show, visit www.the100club.co.uk.
With a heritage stretching back to 1942, The 100 Club has been at the epicentre of countless musical movements, from the trad jazz revival of the ‘50s, through the R&B/blues boom of the ‘60s, to the punk revolution of the late ‘70s.