Russell Brand is putting on a super gig for Give It Up Comic Relief.
Russell Brand told the Sun newspaper, “At the gig in March we will recognise that addiction is a disease that when correctly treated can be arrested. The money raised by this gig will help alcoholics and addicts get clean and stay clean… the impetus was Amy Winehouse’s death. On the day there will be a video shown of me and Amy. I would like some people to cover Amy’s stuff.”
Russell has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, has suffered from bulimia and went through a period of self-harming. Russell is a former heroin and sex addict and a recovering alcoholic. Russell has abstained from drug use since 2003.
Russell married American pop singer Katy Perry in October 2010; they separated in December 2011 and were divorced the following year.
This report on Russell Brands’s Give It Up Comic Relief Super Gig is from Entertainment Wise.
Remembering Amy Winehouse: Late Singer To Be Honoured At Russell Brand’s Comic Relief ‘Super Gig’
One-off Wembley show will help raise money for the fight against addiction
A comic relief ‘supergig’ organised by Russell Brand to help raise money for addiction charities and counseling services will be dedicated to the memory of late singer Amy Winehouse.
The 37-year old actor and comedian has pulled in a string of celebrity pals – amongst them Noel Gallagher, Kasabian and Paloma Faith – to perform at the one off Give it up for Comic Relief show at Wembley Arena on March 6th.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to a string of UK based organisations dedicated to the fight against drug and alcohol addiction, and former heroin addict Brand admits he was prompted to organise the concert following the sudden death of close friend Amy from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
“At the gig in March we will recognise that addiction is a disease that when correctly treated can be arrested,” he told The Sun. “The money raised by this gig will help alcoholics and addicts get clean and stay clean.
“The impetus was Amy Winehouse’s death… There will be a VT on the day of Amy and I… I would like some people to cover Amy’s stuff.”
Other artists to perform on the day include Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Nicole Sherzinger and Rizzle Kicks.
A host of top comics from Britain and Ireland are also expected to feature.
Give It Up For Comic Relief will take place March 6 at London’s Wembley Arena and the other artists due to perform are: Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Noel Fielding and Emeli Sande with some of Britain and Ireland’s top comedians are to also feature.