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Iggy Pop, Ronnie Wood to play at booze-free L.A. event

By Dean Goodman
April 7, 2009

iggy7Punk rock icon Iggy Pop and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, no strangers to drug and alcohol abuse, will perform at a fundraiser in Los Angeles next month for musicians struggling with their addictions.

Pop, who turns 62 later this month, will be a “special guest” at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund dinner/concert at Club Nokia May 8.

Wood, 61, also is scheduled to perform at the 2,300-capacity venue, as are the Red Hot Chili Peppers rhythm section of Flea and Chad Smith, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, the Mars Volta and Ivan Neville.

Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his charitable endeavors, according to a statement. The event is alcohol-free, so it could be a long night for those who don’t bring along their own.

Pop succumbed to heroin and other drugs during the 1970s, and ended up in a mental institution in Los Angeles. Wood has long battled alcoholism, with his bandmates reportedly telling him to clean up his act if he wants to tour with them. His personal life seems to be in some flux now that he has split with his second wife and taken up with a woman one-third his age.

Individual floor seats for the event are priced at $1,250 and preferred balcony seats at $100, sold through the Recording Academy. Ticketmaster is selling general-admission balcony seats at $50.

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