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March 21, 2007

Former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell will be honored for his efforts to help addicts with their recovery during a dinner and concert in Hollywood on May 11, organizers said on Wednesday.

Cornell, a recovering alcoholic himself, will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award during the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert organized by the MusiCares Foundation, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, the group that hands out the Grammys. The fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Cornell, who will release his second solo album, “Carry On,” on June 5, will perform during the event at the Music Box theater. Other scheduled acts include David Gahan of Depeche Mode, blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and the band Army of Anyone, whose lineup includes two former members of Stone Temple Pilots and former Filter singer Richard Patrick.

Music promoter Jeff McClusky will also be honored. The intimate fundraiser is open to the public, albeit at steep prices, starting at $10,000 for a table of 10 at the front, through to $100 for a balcony seat.

Metallica singer James Hetfield was honored at last year’s event, and fought back tears as he recounted his struggle with alcoholism. The event is traditionally alcohol-free, which caused consternation among some guests last year, including Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

Cornell told Reuters last year that he did not go into rehab or enter a traditional 12-step program. “I just chose a different lifestyle,” he said.

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