Tucson hosts big names for Civility concertPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Thousands of people packed into the Tucson Convention Center Thursday evening to hear performances by big names like Jackson Browne and Alice Cooper.
But this star-studded concert isn't your typical TCC event.
The musicians traveled to the Old Pueblo hoping their music will help the community heal, just two months after the January 8 shootings.
"The people of Tucson have gone through something so horrific and i think all over the country and world, felt the blows," said Jackson Browne. "Even when music is angry it has the potential to clear the air and give voice to what needs to be said."
For shooting victim Suzie Heilman, making it to this concert means a break from two months of physical and emotional pain.
"It's a chance to go out and party. I haven't done anything fun in 8 weeks. I'm ready," said Heilman.
The benefit concert will raise money for the fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, created by Congresswoman Giffords' staffer and shooting victim Ron Barber.
It will help promote respect within the community and hopefully beyond.
Other acts on the bill Thursday night included Sam Moore and Nils Lofgren, plus Tucson's very own Calexico, Keb' Mo', Ozomatli and Roger Clyne.