RIR understands the steps in recovery and how tumultuous and arduous it is in everyday life to cope without using. Coping with life while being chemical-free can be an extremely difficult journey in a society that continually feeds us more drugs while supporting the marketing for liquor stores.
The NEW RIR All-Star band features a core house band with new RIR musical directors, Anthony Steele (Buddy Miles, Bobby Caldwell), and Doc Allison (Bobby Moore, James Browns Band).
Special guest artists will be showcased along with the house band. February 15, 2014 will debut the core band on Valentine’s weekend, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The NEW RIR All-Star band debuts February 15, 2014 with the message of hope and unconditional support to anyone who is recovering from drugs and/or alcohol, as well as families. Alcoholism and drug addiction does not solely inflict the addict, but the whole family. Addiction hits everyone, not a particular age group, race, creed, religion, or gender. Rockers In Recovery recognizes diversity with their audiences with a broader range of musical selections from every genre.
People are literally dying every day from both illicit and over-the-counter drug abuse. A drug is a drug and the bottom line is that drugs create addiction. Education about addiction is essential in today’s times than ever before. Because addiction reaches so many different backgrounds and ages, there needs to be a more diverse span in music in order to reach more people so that the message is spread out among the masses.
Whether people were alive or not in the 1960s and 1970s, everyone knows that the popular bands from those decades helped carve a positive and peaceful mindset and lifestyle. Unfortunately, the 1960s and 1970s were also two decades that also made people tie rock-and roll music with drugs. Since then, becoming a celebrity actor or musician seems to be linked with alcohol and drug use. Why must alcohol and drugs always follow celebrity actor and musician status, which only dampens that industry with more negativity?
“Let’s take the self-destruction elements out of the music from the bands of the 60s and 70s and keep the same energy and mindset alive,” agreed RIR Musical Directors Anthony Steele and Doc Allison, two of the new faces of the NEW Rockers In Recovery All-Star core band, “We all just want to have clean and sober fun while making music.”
Rockers In Recovery is using live music for prevention and community awareness about substance abuse. RIR community events you can find advice on signs of addiction, Drug Alcohol detox, treatment and extended care options.
Mr. Steele and Mr. Allison have joined Rockers In Recovery because they both share its message as well as bringing diversity and a multicultural aspect to the stage. There is no one-way of going through recovery, just as there are millions of unique recovery stories. There are as many unique stories of those in recovery as there are songs on the every channel on the radio. Why should we have only one channel of rock music when there several genres such as pop, country, Motown, blues, jazz, soft rock, in addition to classic rock music?
Let us not forget the message of “Rockers In Recovery and the Rockers In Recovery All-Star Band” that prevention and community awareness, along with treatment and education mixed with “HAVING FUN” in recovery is indeed possible!! I look forward too 2014 when RIR All Stars will be Rock-N-Recovery all through the year.