Strange 80s 2 – A Benefit for Mental Health

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For the second year Strange 80s, a benefit concert for mental health, took place in Los Angeles. The brainchild of amongst others the Leone brothers, Nathan and Matthew, formerly members of the band Madina Lake. The brothers along with life long friend Ryan Long, who also directed this film, founded a charity organization called Charity Bomb which has as its mission to help a variety of causes. One of them is helping to host this concert which raises funds for mental health issues.

1 in 4 Americans have a mental health issue which equals about 44 million. Look around any room an you won’t know anyone whose life hasn’t been touched by it. An astounding number and yet mental health exists largely in the shadows with little funding or help available. Sadly, the biggest barrier to get help is our culture. There is still plenty of stigma attached to it. More and more people are advocating for mental health care and showing that it is important to talk about it.

A concert like this functions, yes, to raise funds but also to show people they are not alone. Many of these artists – singers, musicians and actors – have mental health, addiction or other related issues. Celebrities and the rich are all going through the same things.

Held in Los Angeles this benefit concert features a bunch of some of the biggest talent alongside emerging artists in rock. They all cover songs from everyone’s favourite musical decade – the 80s.

Actors like Dennis Haskins from Saved by the Bell, Chelsea Telmadge from Stranger Things and Tom Payne from The Walking Dead all do little PSAs talking about mental health and how important it is to get health. But it is mostly about the music. You get Chris Kirkpatrick from NSync performing Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, The Regret covering Toni Basil’s “Hey Mickey”, Sum 41 putting their own twist on Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, and Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal doing Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer”. Also performing are Noodles from The Offsprings, guitarist John J from Rob Zombie, drummer Adrian Young from No Doubt, Metallica bassist Adrian Young, and the LEGENDARY David Hasselhoff singing his own song.

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