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Zak Starkey's various:
Benefit Appearances and Releases


Throughout his career, Zak Starkey has been involved in a number of events and releases for the benefit of charities or causes.

28 Aug 2004 - Zak supplies a drum skin signed by entire band Oasis for an ebay for Charity!

Mono Pacific

Moroccan Cancer Fund Benefit Concert
Early 1980's:
At some point during the two years or so that Mono Pacific was together, their list of appearances included a set at this benefit in Morocco.

The Crowd

On May 11, 1985 a football stand caught fire and killed 55 people and injured some 200. Ex-Pacemaker Gerry Marsden brought together a cast of thousands to re-record the old hit Pacemaker's hit "You'll Never Walk Alone" - by now a popular football anthem to raise funds to help the victims and their families. Releases May 24, 1985 it was #1 for nine weeks.

Full project and release details

Artists United Against Apartheid

Zak, Little Steven and RingoThis was Little Steven VanZandt's project to heighten awareness and raise money to help fight the Apartheid conditions in South Africa. The title track features both Ringo Starr and Zak Starkey - father and son drum together for the first time!

FULL project and release details

The Anti-Heroin Project

lp coverThis is a various artist 2 disc compilation was released in November of 1986 to benefit The Phoenix House Charity. It includes specially recorded tracks by Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Ringo Starr, Holly Johnson, as well as donated song tracks from people like Saxon to Wham. Zak joins Ringo, The Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Kate Robbins (McCartney’s cousin), and others on the album’s title track. He *may* also appear on others.

FULL project and release details

Aids Day Benefit Concert

Wembley, London April 1, 1987

video This concert featured a mixed bag of artists from the UK and the US. Zak Starkey was a member of John Entwistle's "super group" that backed many of the artists that day. A video release titled Stand By Me: Aids Day Benefit has 60 minutes of "highlights". Featured artists are: George Michael, Elton John, Boy George, and many others.

FULL project and release details

TVS Drugs Trust

? venue, circa 1987-1989

John, Zak Gary and IanA supergroup featuring the likes of Zak, John Entwistle, Gary Moore, Ian Paice, Ian McNabb, Billy Ocean and more appeared on this telethon for the TVs Drugs Trust

FULL project and release details

Romanian Angel Appeal - 1990

nbdyschld_1.jpgIn 1989, the horrendous state of Romania's orphanages was brought to the attention of the world. Olivia Harrison personally went to Romania to find out how funds already donated by Apple Records could best be used, and as a result, she founded the Romanian Angel Appeal.

Ringo contributed "With A Little Help From My Friends" recorded live at The Greek Theatre in LA, from the 1989 All-Starr Tour. Zak was sitting in on drums that evening.

FULL project and release details

Benefit for The Natural Law Party: Joe Walsh

April 6, 1992

zak and joeWith Zak on drums, Joe Walsh performed a set at this concert that also featured a set by George Harrison.
See: Joe Walsh

Prince's Trust 1996: The WHO

June 29, 1996
Hyde Park, London

Zak & Pete  - Hyde ParkZak joins the Who as their drummer for the premiere presentation of Quadrophenia. What was to have been a one time offering evolves into a major tour that lasts through 1997!
See: T.E.D's Quadrophenia

BBC's Children In Need 1997: The Lightning Seeds

Nov 21, 1997
BBC1 Studios, London

Lightning Seeds on BBC1The Lightning Seeds, with Zak on drums, appears on this annual BBC Charity event, performing "Be My Baby".
See: The Lightning Seeds Live

The Bridge Benefit 1999: The WHO

zak at Bridge BenefitOctober 30 and 31 1999
The Who, with Zak on drums, perform ACOUSTIC sets during both days of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, in Mountainview California.
See: The Who 1999 for set lists and further details

Benefit for Maryville Academy: The Who

November 12 and 13 1999
Chicago House Of Blues

Zak & Roger, HOBThe Who, with Zak again on drums, puts in two blistering electric performances, with proceeds going to this Children's charity that Pete had supported in the past with solo acoustic shows.
See Chicago HOB 1999

Presenter on behalf of Ringo

January 11, 2000

Standing in for his dad at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Liverpool, Zak handed over the keys of a £28,000 specially equipped minibus to a representative of the Sandfield Park Special School from West Derby. The bus was a donation by Ringo Starr's personal charity, the Lotus Organization.

The Endangered Species Awards 2000:
Tony Ashton Testimonial Show

June 16, 2000 - Abbey Road Studios

ticketHeld to celebrate Tony's [then] recovery from his recent illness, only 300 tickets were made available. The musical guests come from all eras of Tony's work, and included a short set of Rock (and Who) classics performed by John Entwistle, Zak Starkey, John Rabbit Bundrick and Gary Nuttall.
See Tony Ashton for full details

Teenage Cancer Trust: The Who

Royal Albert Hall, Nov 27, 2000

posterThe Who (with Zak on drums) headlined this all-star charity concert London’s Royal Albert Hall, which included special guests like Noel Gallagher and Eddie Vedder, Paul Weller and comedian Phil Jupitus.
All all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps to build hospital units which are specially tailored for teenagers.
The show was aired in December on pay-per-view in the U.K.
A DVD, The Who and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall, is due in Spring 2001.

See: The Who 2000 for setlists and details

Steve Marriott Memorial Event

April 20, 2001 - Astoria, London

posterTo mark the 10th year since the passing of legendary guitarist Steve Marriott, a celebration of his work took place at the Astoria on April 20, 2001. The event featured many guest musicians whom were inspired by Steve's work. Any profits were to be donated to The Small Faces Charitable Trust.

Providing backing for most of the special guests was
The Zak Starkey House Band!

FULL project and release details!

Holyport Manor Fete Auction July 7, 2001

To help raise funds, the Holyport Manor special needs school in Berkshire, UK auctioned off an Ringo Starr autographed drum skin. The item was donated by Zak Starkey.

ABC Night at The Bath International Guitar Festival 2001

July 29, 2001 - Madison Square Garden, NYC

This night's event benefited the ABC Trust Charity. Gary Moore was originally scheduled, but due to a throat infection, had to cancel. Instead, Bernie Marsden, Phil Spalding and Zak Starkey filled in last minute!
see Bath 2001

Concert For New York: The Who

October 20, 2001 - Madison Square Garden, NYC

NYC 10/20/01The Who, with Zak on drums, participated in the multi-artist event to raise money for Robin Hood Foundation's special Robin Hood Relief Fund - to benefit those affected by the World Trade Center attacks.
see The Who 2001

Tony Ashton Memorial Concert

November 04, 2001 - Buxton Opera House, Buxton UK

posterTony Ashton passed away in May of 2001. A large number of his famous and talented friends gathered to raised money for the Tony Ashton Memorial Fund.
Zak Starkey
, Bernie, Mickey, Phil Spalding did a four song set of Beatles covers!
see details

Teenage Cancer Trust: The Who

posterFebruary 7th & 8th 2002 - Royal Albert Hall, London

The Who, with Zak on drums, played 2 dates of TEEN SPIRIT - a week-long string of concerts by various artists to once again support this charity. Tickets went on sale (with VERY little notice!!!) Dec 7th, 2001. Rumor had it the band was planning to perform TOMMY in its entirety...

see The Who 2002

The Bal de la Rose Pop - with Ringo

03-16-2002March 16, 2002 - Star Room, The Sporting Club, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

This annual Ball is held to benefit The Princess Grace Foundation. This years theme was "POP" and the venue was done up like an Austin Powers set. Providing the entertainment was Marianne Faithful and Ringo Starr - backed by a band featuring Zak Starkey and others!

see details

The Cowdray Concert - with Ringo

June 21, 2002 - Cowdray House, Midhurst, West Sussex, UK

06-21-02 photo via pinkfloyds.comThis charity concert organized by members of Genesis was held to benefit The White Lotus School, Ladakh and The Tibet House Trust. The evening consisted of guest artists performing Beatles songs, with Ringo himself closing the show! Ringo's backup band for the evening included: Zak Starkey (drums), Ian McNabb (bass), Bernie Marsden (guitar), Peter Gordeno (keyboard) and Dave Caitlin-Birch (guitar)

see details

Benefit for Maryville Academy: The Who 2002

September 23, 2002
Chicago House Of Blues

Zak The Who, with Zak again on drums, returned to this 1,300 capacity venue, with the proceeds going to this children's charity.
See Chicago HOB 2002

cd coverAlso note: The band released The Who Encore Series - 25 double CD soundboard recordings of shows from the 2002 US Tour. All profits from the sale of these CDs will go to young peoples' charities supported by The Who. THIS CHARITY SHOW is available in this series!!

Stars 2002 Gala: Roger Daltrey & Friends

November 14, 2002
Fox Studios, Los Angeles

Zak & RogerRoger, backed by friends including Zak performed at this event to benefit the Fulfillment Fund, a non-profit organization that provides economically disadvantaged students with the resources, tools and skill needed to graduate from high school and obtain an advanced education. The even raised over $3.5 million.
More Details

Teenage Cancer Trust: The Who

posterMarch 29, 2004 - Royal Albert Hall, London

The Who, with Zak on drums, again showed their support for this charity by appearing one day during the week-long string of concerts by various artists. Although billed as the Who performing Tommy, they instead did their fairly standard set that featured numbers from Tommy in the encore.

SeeThe Who 2004

Party in the Paddock 2004: Bernie Marsden & Friends

posterSep 10, 2004 - West Well Farm, Tingewick, (Nr Buckingham)

Bernie Marsden (ex-Whitesnake) is putting together an All-Star Line-Up for a day of live music to benefit Cancer Research UK and The National Kidney Research Fund. So far Zak is on of the confirmed participants.
SeeParty In The Paddock

Addington School: Ebay Charity Auction Drum Skin

drum skinAug 28, 2004 -

Zak managed to collect very neat and clear signatures from the entire band OASIS on a drum skin while at Glastonbury. It was up for auction on EBAY.CO.UK (for shipment within UK only) Auction began Aug 28th, ended Sept 7th. The high bid was £185.00

The skin was being auctioned to raise money for The Addington School - a special needs school in Woodley (Reading) for children aged 2-19 who have a range of disabilities with associated motor, sensory and behavioural difficulties.

See Oasis 2004 for more

Teenage Cancer Trust: The Who

posterMarch 31 2007 - Royal Albert Hall, London

The Who, with Zak on drums, closed the week-long string of concerts by various artists to once again support this charity. Tickets went on sale Feb 2, 2007 after the announcement Feb 1st!.

A DVD with three tracks was also released in 2008.

see The Who Live 2007

Party in the Paddock 2008: Bernie Marsden & Friends

posterSep 19, 2008 - West Well Farm, Tingewick, (Nr Buckingham)

Bernie Marsden (ex-Whitesnake) originally put together an All-Star Line-Up for a day of live music to benefit Cancer Research UK and The National Kidney Research Fund. This is the third event (Zak was not there in 2005) and though the charities are Kidney and Cancer related, they are focused on care and support. Zak, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend, John "Rabbit" Bundrick are just some of this years participants!

See Party In The Paddock

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Created: Dec 1996
Copyright © 1996 - Kathy VanTassell

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