Well, I guess I should:
The second night was just as good…
Where is the tenderness? Right here, baby:
The world watched as the story of the three missing women found after a decade in captivity unfolded in Cleveland this week. Now people near and and far are reaching out to help Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight.
The news struck a chord with English pop star Dave Wakeling, of the chart-topping New Wave band English Beat. Wakeling is donating his time and talent to help Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. On Friday, Wakeling approached friends at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum about doing something for the women. He was going to be in the area on a tour that had him playing Toronto and Rochester, though not Cleveland.
The Rock Hall then approached Beachland Ballroom & Tavern owner Cindy Barber, who said the ballroom space at her club was free Tuesday night. Wakeling and Barber quickly assembled a show headlined by the English Beat, best known for hits “Save it for Later” and “Tenderness,” for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Tickets are a $10 donation. All proceeds from the show, presented by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Courage Fund and The Cleveland Music Club Coalition, will go to the Cleveland Courage Fund in honor of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
In a statement, Wakeling explained “Cleveland reminds me of my home town of Birmingham in UK, a tough city with a big heart, and I have many friends there. Like everyone else, we were stunned by the news, and it is great that as we are in the neighborhood, we can add our support to the Survivors and to the shocked city. We can get through anything, if we stick together.”
Dang, I wish I were in Cleveland right now. Dave, you’re the best.
And since they mentioned the English Beat, here’s one of my faves of his from then:
Ska really needs to make a comeback. That was one of the best sounds of the ’80s…