The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Inductee Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, Gene Chandler, Sheila E., Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, MC Hammer and Tommy James and the Shondells will perform to benefit the Museum's educational programs


Event will kick off with Tommy James Legends Series
Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s educational programs

CLEVELAND (March 30, 2010) –Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 8th annual It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the historic Public Hall at the Cleveland Convention Center. 

This event is presented by PNC and sponsored by Ohio Natural Gas, The North Olmsted Auto Collection, Time Warner Cable, Hard Rock Cafe and Consolidated Graphics Group. Clear Channel Radio, Ohio Magazine and Cleveland Magazine will provide generous media support of the Benefit.

The kickoff event begins on Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater with a Legends Series event featuring Tommy James. James will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jason Hanley, director of education at the Museum. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. Seating is limited. Please email or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

The 8th annual It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit will include performances from:

·    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Terry Sylvester of the Hollies (“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Cool Woman”)
·    Tommy James and the Shondells ("Mony Mony," "I Think We’re Alone Now")
·    Gene Chandler (“Duke of Earl,” “Groovy Situation,” "Rainbow," )
·    Sheila E. ("The Glamorous Life,” “A Love Bizarre”)
·    Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad ("I’m Your Captain," "Aimless Lady," “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “The Locomotion”)
·    MC Hammer ("U Can’t Touch This," “Too Legit to Quit”)

The house band will feature some of rock and roll’s most talented musicians:  Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey) and Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special) on guitar; keyboardist Rob Arthur (Joan Osborne, Peter Frampton); Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel) on drums and Jeff Adams (Starship) on bass.

Balcony tickets are $15 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at (800) 745-3000, online at and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office. 

A limited number of VIP Benefit Donor packages are available. They include dinner and floor seating and are partially tax deductible.   Click here for more information on table packages or individual floor tickets. 

Live Auction Items
Rock Hall benefit dinner attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exciting one-of-a-kind- packages including:

·    Mercedes Benz—Germany Adventure and VIP Tour of Mercedes Factory—Donated by North Olmsted Auto Group
Tour Europe and the Black Forest for 5 nights in a brand new Mercedes Benz. Airfare, insurance, use of car and luxury hotel included.

·    Cavaliers Game Package –Donated by the Cleveland Cavaliers
A suite for a 2010-11regular season Cavs game, autographed LeBron James jersey and warm-up  passes.

·    U2 VIP Concert Experience and an Eagles VIP Concert Experience
Both concerts include tickets, hotel and VIP passes.

All ticket purchases and auction proceeds benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's nationally-acclaimed educational programs.

About Legends Series interviewee Tommy James

Tommy James has sold over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles and nine gold and platinum albums. His songs have been covered by hundreds of artists from Billy Idol to R.E.M.

In 1959, at the age of 12, he formed his first rock band, "The Tornadoes," and began playing local gigs around the Michigan area, developing a sizeable following along the way. In 1964, a local DJ asked Tommy and the group to sign with his new regional label, "Snap Records". Among the four sides they recorded was an obscure song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich called "Hanky Panky.” “Hanky Panky” became the biggest hit of the summer of '66. Thus, began one of the longest strings of non-stop hits in recording industry history. Four years later, Tommy James and the Shondells became one of the first acts to experiment with music videos of their hits, creating a mini-film around "Mony Mony," thirteen years before MTV hit the airwaves.

Today, James is busier than ever, performing to sell out crowds across the country as well as working on a myriad of new projects. This year Simon & Schuster published his autobiography Me, The Mob and The Music which is garnering great reviews from the Boston Herald to Rolling Stone. A major motion picture based on his life is also in development.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Annual Spring Benefit Concert

The Rock Hall It’s Only Rock and Roll Benefit proceeds will support the Museum's award-winning educational programming, which explores the impact that modern music has had on our culture, politics and society and reaches 50,000 students and educators on site and at great distances each year.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs have become one of the most celebrated and award-winning emanating from any fine arts museum in the nation. More than 25,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers are reached annually through the popular Rockin' the Schools program. More than 25,000 students in more than 40 states as well as France, Australia, Canada, England, Guatemala, and Mexico have experienced On the Road, the Rock Hall's distance learning program. Now in its 10th year, the Museum's Toddler Rock program has served more than 4,000 at-risk three to five year-olds in Cleveland. On Wednesday evenings each month the Museum hosts free educational programs for adults including From Songwriters to Soundman: The People Behind the Hits, Rock and Roll Night School and Teachers Rock for area educators. For more information on the Museum's FREE educational programming, please visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.