27th May 2016 – American bass guitar player Larry Graham, has been confirmed as “Special Guest” in the lineup for the much anticipated Autism Rocks Prince tribute concert in London at the Hammersmith Apollo on June 24th and 25th. He will be joining CeeLo Green, Mark Ronson and Morris Day & The Time to honour Prince’s musical genius. The concerts will be part of Autism Rocks’ ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds for autism research.
Sanjay Shah, founder of Autism Rocks said: “We will always be grateful for all the support Prince has shown to the charity and the incredible shows he dedicated to Autism Rocks. We feel tremendously privileged to have Larry Graham joining an already incredible lineup and we are looking forward to hosting these concerts in Prince’s honour.”
Like the other acts who will be paying tribute to the hugely missed music legend at the June concerts, Larry Graham also has a strong connection to Prince. As the former bassist in Sly and the Family Stone, Graham was Prince’s mentor, lifelong friend and associate in the funk band Central Station.
Larry Graham is considered by many a living musical legend three times over: as the bassist-singer with Sly & The Family Stone, his innovative thumping-plucking style of bass playing became tremendously influential; as leader of the hit-making funk group “Graham Central Station” through the 70’s ; and then as a top-selling solo artist in the 80’s.
Tickets to the gig are available on http://po.st/ARTckts at a cost of £35 and will run over two nights between 24th and 25th June at the Hammersmith Apollo. It is guaranteed to be a special evening where fans will have the chance to gather together in memory of Prince and celebrate a lifetime of musical achievements.
Shah added: “Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world. It is our wish that people have a better understanding of the condition and that those on the autistic spectrum are fully supported and able to reach their true potential.”
All proceeds from Autism Rocks’ UK events will go to the Autism Research Trust which raises funds to support the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. ART supports life-changing projects such as the development of an app, aimed at helping non-verbal children with autism learn how to speak. Other projects include stem cell neuron testing, a cutting-edge new way of studying the autistic brain and studies of the impact of Oxytocin, also known as “empathy” or “social” hormone, to detect behavioural changes in autistic adults.
WHEN: 24th /25th June
WHERE: Hammersmith Apollo