On April 16th, 2007
Love Hope Strength officially launched the foundation with Empire Rocks! The ceremonial climb up the 1600 steps and first ever concert atop the Empire State Building symbolized the first LHSF “Climb Back From Cancer”*. We were honored to have some of the world’s top musicians and music and video producers supporting our cause and the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
The event created a serious buzz among the press, current and future sponsors, music industry, celebrities, and fans. The all-star Everest Rocks band included: Mike Peters (The Alarm), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) and Dave Wakeling (The English Beat). The acoustic set was overseen by famed music producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Morrissey, Thin Lizzy) and video producer Alex Coletti (the acclaimed producer of MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ series) for a documentary that is being produced about the foundation and events.
The evening closed with a charity concert at Terra Blues in the East Village with performances by Mike Peters, Billy Duffy, Slim Jim Phantom, Dave Wakeling, Karl Dietel (The Samples) and Braddigan.