Paul McCartney will headline at the David Lynch Foundation’s benefit concert, “Change Begins Within,” at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY, on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette and Jim James are special guests while David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Laura Dern, and other surprise guests will be presenters.
General admission tickets are priced from $79.50 to $504.50 and include a $4.50 facility fee. Tickets go on sale March 9 at 11 a.m. VIP tickets are $1,250 and $2,500, and packages are priced at $12,500; $25,000; and $100,000.
The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships since 2005 for more than 60,000 students, parents, and teachers to learn to meditate throughout the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The Foundation also funds independent university research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation.
“Change Begins Within” will raise funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives. In 1968, the Beatles, Donovan and Paul Horn traveled to India to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The trip’s impact was evident on their music and is credited for the acceptance of meditation in the West today.
McCartney said his Transcendental Meditation practice has helped him personally over the past 40 years. “In moments of madness, it has helped me find moments of serenity,” McCartney said in a statement.
“It gives me great pleasure to be part of this evening,” added Starr. “I feel the aims of this charity are wonderful!”
“How great to be playing with Paul, Ringo, and Paul Horn again as we did in India in 1968,” added Donovan, “and now we see the amazing results of our work from 40 years ago to bring meditation to the whole world. It’s the same message today, which is, ‘Change begins within.'”
George Verschoor is the executive producer and co-creative director of the concert, Dan Parise is co-executive producer, and Laura Dawn is talent producer and co-creative director.