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Badfinger points to lively benefit for 1 World Foundation


ALEXANDRIA BAY — The sole-surviving member of the British rock group Badfinger will highlight 1 World Foundation’s 13th annual Rock & Roll Oldies Show Sept. 27 at Bonnie Castle Resort.

Badfinger had a string of hits in the early 1970s such as “Day After Day,” “Baby Blue,” “Come and get It” and “No Matter What.” The band’s song “Without You” became a hit for Harry Nilsson. Joey Molland, the featured performer at the 1 World show, was guitarist and a vocalist for the group.

In April, the documentary “Joey Molland: Liverpool to Memphis” made its world premiere in Chicago.

Mr. Molland, 66, cut his musical teeth in the early 1960s with Liverpool bands. In 1969, he received an invitation to audition for The Iveys and was hired. The band then changed its name to Badfinger.

Mr. Molland and the band would perform on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and at the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by Mr. Harrison, as well as performing on John Lennon’s “Imagine” album.

Mr. Molland quit Badfinger in 1974 over disagreements with its management and relocated to California. He co-founded the band Natural Gas with a member from Humble Pie and another from Uriah Deep.

Natural gas toured with Yes and Peter Frampton.

After the demise of Natural Gas, Mr. Holland reunited with Mike Gibbins as Badfinger in 1984 and toured the U.S.

Mr. Molland has recorded three solo albums. His latest, “This Way Up,” was recorded in 2001 in Minnesota, where he now lives.

Fabulous openers

Opening for Joey Holland will be The Fabulous Ettes. The group consists of Sharla Solomon, Donna Harris and Deborah Sherman.

Ms. Solomon has toured with The Platters and was one of the last female members to work with last surviving original band member Herb Reed before he died last year.

Ms. Harris was a long-time member of The Shangri Las and also toured with disco diva Maxine Nightengale.

Ms. Sherman tours with The Marvelettes and the Crystals.

1 World Foundation is a nonprofit, international organization dedicated to bettering the lives of people with developmental disabilities. It was created in 1993 by a small group of CEOs from Northern New York and southern Ontario.

The details
WHAT: Benefit concert for the 1 World Foundation, featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger and The Fabulous ... Ettes
WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay
COST: Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for “Gold” tickets, which include a gala reception with the entertainers after the show. For more information, contact the Disabled Persons Action Organization at 800-533-2859 or 782-0044. The DPAO is assisting 1 World in hosting the show.
General admission tickets also are available at the Alexandria Bay, Clayton and Watertown Kinney Drugs store locations.
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