In 1920 the first event at what is now known as Menlo Circus Club of Atherton was a pony ride that raised $500 for The Convalescent Center, the forerunner to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. A century later — and countless pony rides, polo matches and other posh pits — the rock band Foreigner is playing a benefit there May 16, 2015 for $500 per ticket, and sponsorships in the $100,000 range.
I saw Foreigner in 1977 at Day on The Green when they and I were more “Hot Blooded” or was it “Cold as Ice”. In fact, that song was inspiration for the title of my column at Gunn High Oracle, “Cold as Ice” by Mark Weiss. I also saw Foreigner at the Cow Palace on my birthday in January, 1982, with three friends and a bag of weed.
(we read somewhere that smoking a little dope in the presence of strangers while listening to loud music would ward off colorectal cancer for at least 30 years).
Not sure what I think of the 1 Percent producing rock concerts with $500 tickets, even for new facilities at El Camino Hospital. How about paying a fair share of your taxes and not obstructing single-payer health care universally here in the U.S.?
If I was producing a benefit for a hospital, not sure how I’d land on Foreigner other than the fact that one of their keyboardists, Michael Blaustein was treated for colorectal cancer recently. A sussing around of the facts of this case landed me on the notion that former Palo Altan Gregg Rolie is overdue for a show here. (And there is something about the Ringo Starr All Stars, of which he is a member, canceling some local shows, so there is a whole, in theory in his schedule. Andrew Bernstein gave a talk recently about producing concerts at Homer Street Warehouse and that Greg Rolie was his producing partner. When Leo Herrera did a Santana Tribute show on Cali Ave last summer I mentioned to mayor Greg Scharff that the actual Santana founding keyboardist Rolie should play here, perhaps when they re-open the streets.