The Tenth Annual MusiCares Musicians Assistance Program (MAP) concert benefit, held in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014, gave recording artists a chance to show gratitude to the highly regarded organization for its help given to those fighting substance abuse issues.
Marking the Tenth Annual Benefit Concert for the MAP Fund, the Grammy Foundation's organization dedicated to helping musicians achieve and maintain sobriety, played to a sold-out house, honoring headliner Ozzy Osbourne and celebrated Village Studios CEO Jeff Greenberg.
This year marks Osbourne's year and three months of sober living.
Slash talked to Examiner.com prior to the show, making sure to point out that he, himself, has personally referred addicted musicians to the organization, which is under the umbrella of MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
Slash maintained, "MAP has had a huge impact on mainly a lot of local musicians, but also on a lot of musicians from all over the place."
Slash noted that it is meaningful to him that he has witnessed the fact that the organization definitely helps those that are serious about seeking sobriety.
"But it's a massive support organization," said Slash. "It's been great. It's been very positive, and I've hooked a lot of people up, and have gotten them better through MAP."
Slash has been a longtime supporter of the organization, which has anonymously helped a slew of artists from different genres of music.
Osbourne, who headlined the fundraising event, drove the audience into a frenzy, performing songs including "Crazy Train," joined by guest Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison. The Iron Man acknowledged the song as being "about my drug addiction days."
Osbourne, who recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl, also tantalized the audience with a blazing rendition of "I Don't Know," from his 1980 Blizzard of Oz album.
With its lyrics that include, "You can choose, don't confuse, win or lose, it's up to you, it's up to you," it was the perfect anthem for the evening, both acknowledging and celebrating the hard fought quest for addiction free living.
The song could be considered a partial a coda for a few of the 12 steps, and believing in a higher power, especially with its lyrics that proclaim, "You gotta believe in someone."
Osbourne is remarkably far younger and healthier looking than his age would suggest. Dressed in Goth, with black nail polish, a sparkling long-sleeved black t-shirt and black jeans, looking fit and energetic, Osbourne was accompanied by his daughter Kelly, who sported light purple hair.
His offering of "Iron Man" took the audience like thunder.
For his evening's performance of the anthem "Paranoid," Osbourne was joined onstage by guitar slinger Slash.
Artists and celebrities, including rockers Metallica and drug counselor Bob Forrest, from Dr. Drew Pinsky's reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, watched from the audience, glued to Osbourne's appearance.
Forrest, a musician, himself, is also known for his work with the musical groups Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief. Forrest, a longtime supporter of the MAP program, was the spotlight of the documentary Bob and the Monster, released last year. The film focuses on Forrest's work as a musician, and his hard-fought struggle with drug addiction.
Osbourne also captured the audience, while performing the song "Suicide Solution."
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood rock and roll tracks of all time, the song warns about the dangers of alcohol addiction.
The song was clearly a call against heavy alcohol consumption, with its chorus, "Wine is fine, but whiskey's quicker, suicide is slow with liqueur, take a bottle, drown your sorrows, then it floods away tomorrows."
Unfortunately, if not ironically, the song that was famously entirely misunderstood and unfairly maligned by many.
Among those that publically attacked the song during the mid-'80's was Tipper Gore, former wife of Vice President Al Gore.
With her then husband, Al Gore, a Tennessee senator, planning to run for President, Mrs. Gore co-founded the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), and became one of 12 Washington wives to testify in a 1985 Senate hearing, complaining about the song, as well as many others from artists including The Who and Tina Turner.
The late Frank Zappa was among the three artists that testified against the clearly ill-founded claims of Mrs. Gore and the PMRC.
Months later, Osbourne's "Suicide Solution" became the subject of a lawsuit in 1986, when the parents of John McCollumn blamed their son's suicide on the song's lyrics, which were ironically written by Bob Daisley.
The judge ruled in Osbourne's favor.
However, if anything, the song's anti-alcohol intent became even more publicized among teens, despite the irony of Osbourne's then ongoing battle against drinking.
To bursts of laughter, Osbourne would later jest in Los Angeles at the 1990 heavy metal confab, Concrete Forum, "It would be pretty bloody stupid of me to tell my fans to kill themselves. I mean, f*****f who the would be left to buy my next album?"
Osbourne had fists pumping at Monday night's sold-out MusiCares benefit.
Fans that has listened to Osbourne since his early days with Black Sabbath, throughout his solo career, and back again to his current Sabbath reunion album, were clearly present to celebrate sobriety, as well as younger fans.
The British born singer won his third Grammy Award earlier this year at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best Metal Performance for Black Sabbath's "Is God Dead?"
Osbourne's previous win in that Grammy category was in 1994 for his 1993 live performance of "I Don't Want To Change The World."
Osbourne also received another Grammy in 2000, as a member of Black Sabbath, for "Iron Man," from their Reunion album, also in that category.
Prior to the MAP Fund Benefit Concert, on the red carpet, Osbourne's 29 year-old daughter Kelly beamed with happiness, commenting, "I am so proud of my father."
In a video tribute to her father that was shown at the llive concert event, she gushed, "I spent 19 years, praying for thim to be who he is today."
She proclaimed, "He has nothing to hide, nothing to lie about any more."
The video tribute recounted Ozzy's being fired from Black Sabbath by his wife Sharon's late father, manager Don Arden.
This led to the late Ronnie James Dio taking Osbourne's role in Sabbath, and to more substance abuse on the part of Ozzy. Osbourne stated in the video, "I thought that was the end of the dream. That was it."
In the MusiCares tribute film, Osbourne concedes, "When you're loaded, you do crazy things."
Undoubtedly, Osbourne's legendary wildness has led to accounts that are extreme. Osbourne became the only recording artist to attain massive publicity for both biting a dove, and then later a bat.
Osbourne was also famously arrested for public drunkenness, and for urinating in public in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 19, 1982 at the historical site of the Alamo Cenotaph, the memorial commemorating those that died fighting in the Alamo.
In a historic move, the San Antonio City Council responded to Osbourne by banning him from the city. A decade subsequent, he was finally pardoned after making a sizeable donation to the famous attraction.
Metallica also paid tribute to Osbourne at the Tenth Annual MAP Fund Benefit.
Like many others that were present at the event, lead vocalist James Hetfield is among the many artists that have beat substance abuse demons by going to rehab.
In 2001, while recording Metallica's St. Anger album, Hetfield checked into a facility to get help with alcoholism, and he is now sober.
Metallica's highly anticipated performance began with their covering Rare Earth's 1971 hit "I Just Want To Celebrate."
Hetfield then introduced the Beatles song "In My Life," dedicating it to Osbourne, by saying, "Ozzy's from England, so this is for him."
Referring to "musicians that have problems sometimes," Hetfield said, "they come up with some really wacky stuff like this," as he introduced Metallica's performance of Osbourne's anthem "Diary of a Madman."
Metallica first toured with Osbourne in 1986, during The Ultimate Sin Tour. Metallica was promoting their own monstrous hit album at the time, Master Of Puppets. The two camps toured together for approximately six months.
Metallica's bassist Cliff Burton, who played on the band's first three albums, died on the European leg of the Masters of Puppets tour, the result of a bus accident in Sweden.
At the 10th Anniversary Map Fund Concert, throughout the evening, the set list kept the audience enrapt, with many of the lyrics referring to personal challenges.
That funds are necessary to continue to help save lives was noted at the event by MusiCares Senior Director Harold Owens, who pointed out, "MusiCares has spent more than ten million dollars on addiction services." That fund has been well-curated, with the organization receiving discounted funds for rehab and recovery services.
Owens stated, "We have the best treatment centers in the world."
During his pre-concert speech, witnessed by a a literally stellar number of formerly addicted rock stars and other music people that have experienced treatment in attendance, he noted, "We don't shoot the wounded here." To this comment, he received immense applause.
It was often noted during the evening that clients of the MusiCares MAP services remain confidential, and much emphasis is made on treating them with dignity.
Joe Walsh and and Beth Hart were among the many artists at the event that wholeheartedly stated that its addiction and recovery services have literally "saved many lives."
When Examiner.com asked Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh how being sober affected the lyrics on his 2012 album Analog Man, a surprisingly introspective album, filled with social commentary, he solemnly revealed, "It was the first album I ever recorded sober."
Walsh first received critical acclaim in the early 1970's as the lead guitarist for the James Gang, spawning hits including the guitar heavy "Walk Away" and rhythm driven "Funk 49."
Arguably, Walsh's solo career is likely most known for his signature song, "Life's Been Good," released in 1978. Despite that, it was still relatively early in his career as a respected guitarist.
Memorably, Walsh was among those that joined Paul McCartney and his band, along with Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen at the culmination of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, for the closing Abbey Road medley, "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End."
When asked by Examiner.com about the commentary he received from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in his 2010 autobiography Life, Walsh responded with surprise, saying that he was not aware of it.
Among his comments about the California guitar icon, in part, Richards wrote in his autobiography of Walsh, "Amazingly, he was exposed to the blues, he said, by listening to us. He also decided there and then that the minstrel's life was for him, and now you can't go into any diner without hearing him weaving that guitar of his on "Hotel California."
A seemingly stunned and awed Walsh ironically responded to Examiner.com, "Keith's not so bad, himself."
Later during the evening, actor and director Dax Shepard humorously invoked Richards' name in his monologue, stating, "Joe Walsh, Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards, the first guys I think about, when I think about being sober!"
On stage, Dax also proclaimed, "If you are an artist being sent to rehab by Ozzy Osbourne, you are really f***** up."
The audience responded to this in immense laughter.
In a sincere monologue praising MusiCares' addiction and recovery services, Walsh said of his use of drugs and alcohol in the '70's, "I started experimenting with all kinds of substances, alcohol and drugs. And it worked pretty good."
Walsh then added the caveat, "At first."
The Eagles guitarist spoke about his own painful history with addiction to drugs and alcohol, saying, "Over a period of time, it suddenly convinced me that I could not do anything without it. I wound up, 30 years later, a godless, hateful thing. I always thought, if I really had to, that I could stop. I can't tell you, it's hard to explain. The fear, the terror, the sadness that you have when you realize you can't stop."
Walsh acknowledged the crucial need for MusiCares addiction services, noting that back when his own problems started to arise, there was no such organization that existed.
Walsh recalled, "I had some moments of clarity, but I had no direction. I was just lost. I was an addict and an alcoholic. I had no direction, I had no place to go. I had nobody to call back then, and I was completely alone. I'm so glad to be here tonight, and be a part of this, and that MusiCares is here."
"So I would like to say that I try to be a beacon of hope for musicians that are in trouble," he offered." And I'm trying to point out that there is life after addiction and alcoholism, and that it is good."
Walsh again emphasized, "I am so glad that there is a place for them now. There is a place for musicians to go."
"It will save many, many lives," Walsh stressed, when speaking of the MusiCares MAP Fund.
Walsh said of his relationship with honoree Ozzy Osbourne, "I don't know how long Ozzy and I have known each other. We came up in the same graduating class through the minor leagues, and then we got successful and all hell broke loose."
"We tried to figure out how long we've known each other, and neither of us could remember any of it," he said. "But it's been a long time."
During his speech honoring Osbourne at the event, Walsh pointed out, "Just saying name 'Ozzy' conjures up images of risk taking, trailblazing, craziness. We know so many sides of him. A pioneer. Probably a grandfather the heavy metal."
To this comment, those present in the audience applauded and hooted very loudly and enthusiastically for an extended time.
"A really good friend, a family man and a father, and a wild man. Tonight we recognize another less known Ozzy, as he joins others, including Eric Clapton, Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, James Hetfield, and many more," pronounced Walsh.
"In recognition of taking another risk, which is sobriety, Ozzy has taken on this challenge, and he has approached everything in his life fully, completely and passionately. Make no mistake, it is a challenge. Probably the hardest thing that there is to do," the guitarist said with strong intensity, having been through the ordeal.
"Sobriety becomes a series of questions," said Walsh. "Will I be able to write? Will there be any inspiration? Will I be funny?" He also remembered asking himself, "Will I be creative? Will I be anybody?"
Walsh then answered all those questions, stating, "All you have to do is listen to the latest Sabbath album, and you know Ozzy's better than he's ever been."
To this, the audience gave a loud round of applause.
Walsh remembered, "Stevie Ray Vaughan said, 'I'm committing myself to doing the most I can with the gifts that I have, so they do as much good as possible."
"Ozzy, tonight, you've given the gift of your commitment, and in turn, you are doing so much for so many who face the struggle of addiction," said Walsh.
To immense applause, Walsh concluded, "As a fellow traveler on the long road to sobriety, I am pleased to present Ozzy Osbourne with the 2014 Stevie Ray Vaughan Award."
Osbourne then came on stage. He joked that when his wife, Sharon, told him that he would be receiving the award, he told her, "Was I really so bad for so many years, that now they are going to give me an award for being sober?"
The "Crazy Train" singer also commented, "I am very moved."
In addition to a headlining performance from Osbourne, Hart performed Osbourne's song "Changes," conceding, "It was the first Ozzy song I ever heard, and it really got to me."
She belted out the ballad as if it were her own, to immense applause. Hart also performed her composition "Immortal."
Among videos shown from past performances from annual MusiCares Map Benefit Concerts were Slash and Duff McKagan performing Mott The Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," with past honoree Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, on lead vocals.
Both former Guns N Roses members, Slash and McKagan, have penned autobiographies, recounting their former legendary drug and alcohol use. Bennington, who was awarded at the event last year, has also been very vocal about his own past struggles.
Three-time Grammy winning guitarist Keb Mo offered two stunningly beautiful and inspirational acoustic blues numbers at the event, one of which included the song "I'll be Your Water."
The Nashville-based artist made his point clear, in performing songs with lyrics that were meaningful to those struggling to find their way when needing help.
The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson had the audience in stitches when joking about the prevalence of drugs in the music business. He quipped, "How respectable do you have to be to be respectable figure in the music business? Like you didn't kill anybody?"
He humorously introduced Greenberg by saying, "Like many of us here, he has a checkered past. Those of you who are old enough to remember the days of the cocaine shortage in Los Angeles in the 1990's, a dark time for the music business."
Ferguson's jokes about Greenberg were the most humorous remarks of the evening, although not taking away from a banana joke made by Joe Walsh.
Ferguson's well-conceived comedic jabs about Greenberg, and about the studio CEO's past cocaine use, also included, "Obviously, this is a guy that kept the Medillin Cartel afloat during their difficult period. The Escobar Family would like to be here tonight to wish him all the best. Unfortunately, not all the Escobars could be here tonight, but they send their best, and they thank him from the bottom of many of their quarries."
Innumerable recording artists have commented about how illegal downloading has ruined their ability to make money selling records, and many have commented on the fact that illegal downloading has also shaved down the number of new artists signed, and albums released.
Yearly, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow has commented on this problem at the Grammys, urging fans to pay for the music that recording artists work so hard to create for a living.
Arguably, the actions stemming from a narcissistic self-entitlement, leading countless young people to take the creativity of artists' works without paying for them, has cost many musicians, as well as others in the business, their entire careers.
With this problem affecting so many in the business, the house came down in laughter when Ferguson directed clearly stinging remarks, aimed at young people that illegally download music from the internet, without paying for it.
With so many recording artists and additional people that work in the recording industry present, Ferguson's next comments were more than well-received, and with refreshingly cathartic bursts of laughter.
Ferguson jabbed, "He's a beautiful man, Jeff. He has a recording studio. For you kids, that's a place where musicians used to go to record music." At this point, the sound of the venue was deafening with laughter.
"Before you could just download it, and say it was yours, you f****** little ass****s!" With this remark, the largely music business-oriented crowd was howling at full volume.
"As far as you valuable 18 to 34 year-old demographic, go f*** yourself!" Ferguson proclaimed.
At this point, many rose to their feet to applaud.
The Scottish born comedian continued, "Anyway, Jeff has a beautiful recording studio, where, you know, musicians, who play instruments, and still, still go to record beautiful music."
Continued Ferguson, "And Jeff brings them coffee. That's what he says he does, but he does more than that."
"I learn a lot about young people, by talking to the women that Jeff dates. He's borderline predator, really," Ferguson said of Greenberg. "And yes, still the most respected motherf***** in this community."
During the evening, a video tribute to the late DJ AM was also shown. Born as Adam Goldstein, the beloved DJ, producer and musician of a drug overdose in 2008.
Goldstein's massive overdose was by any measure, extreme, with more than seven drugs in his system, including cocaine.
Jeff Greenberg reminded the audience, "We lose too many people, still." Greenberg reminded the audience, invoking the name of DJ AM, "Who was a kid you instantly fell in love with if you met him."
"And I'm sorry he's not here tonight. And so many greats aren't. We're hoping that tonight, and that everybody helping here tonight, this cause is an amazing thing," said Greenberg with much emotion.
Suffering from the trauma of having been abused as child by his father, who indulged heavily in drugs and alcohol, and later died of AIDS, DJ AM became a radiant inspiration to others.
However, despite his success, his childhood continued to haunt him, and he delved into drug abuse to cope with his memories of it.
Osbourne, himself, has also publicly acknowledged that his own mother "spit" on him, and that both his parents chronically abused him. Osbourne's parents also relentlessly attacked him with verbal abuse as a youngster.
Despite the cliche "sex and drugs and rock and roll," drug abuse is not solely a product of working in music, despite the fact that famously, many recording artists have had substance abuse issues.
Among risk factors, parental abuse is one of the indication that can be a strong predictor for future addiction problems.
Earlier this year, at the MusiCares Person of the Year Event honoring Bruce Springsteen, in his remarks to Examiner.com on the red carpet, addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky acknowledged that many of those that work in music have experienced childhood trauma.
Pinsky told Examiner.com, "They turn to music, and some of them become quite successful, but that doesn't solve the problem," he said of those that have unresolved traumas. Many of them lead to drugs to try to escape their pain."
Unfortunately, that was the case with the late DJ AM.
10th Anniversary MAP Fund honoree Jeff Greenberg's Village Studios has recorded a slew of the most iconic artists in the history of the music business, many of whom have had their own demons to fight when it came to drugs and alcohol.
Among his comments prior to the show, Greenberg told Examiner.com, that despite his historic roster, "While that is true, it is no longer really considered cool to be doing drugs. This has been a big change."
If anyone would know a thing or two about the music business, it is Greenberg.
Among the icons that have used Greenberg's studio are the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, George Harrison, Joe Walsh, James Taylor and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
During his appearance at the MAP Fund event, Greenberg recounted his professional career, and how he got tricked into going to his first meeting by record Al Schmitt.
Schmitt, who has won 21 Grammy Awards, worked in the studio with some of the biggest artists in the business, producing albums for artists including the Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne and Neil Young.
Schmitt called Greenberg, and told him to get ready to go out, because we was going to come over and take told him to a recording studio to meet an attractive woman.
However, upon arrival, Schmitt absconded Greenberg, and delivered him to his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
At the MusiCares event, Greenberg acknowledged, "Al Schmidt saved my life. Thank you, Al."
Greenberg also talked about the late Buddy Arnold, who he described as "a crusty junky, who was getting sick of seeing his friends die. A jazz musician, who started MAP. And it has saved so many lives since then."
The studio mogul then reiterated what others present had been saying about MusiCares. "There are so many people that we love, who are walking around today, because of this organization. But because it's anonymous, you will never know."
Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers also participated in supporting the event, having lost a band member to drugs early on, Hillel Slovack, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988.
Another memorable flashback moment at the 10th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit honoring Ozzy Osbourne took place when a video was shown of David Bowie's "Cracked Actor," performed by Dave Gahan at the annual benefit in 2011.
A replay was also shown of Billy Idol's past MusiCares performance of "Rebel Yell," featuring his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens.
Also present to support the event was Mackenzie Phillips, who told Examiner.com that she is now working at the Pasadena Recovery Center.
A former actress, most known for her role on the television sitcom One Day At A Time, and for her endearing portrayal in the 1973 film American Graffiti of Carol Morrison, a bratty, but adorable pre-teen, whose sister pawned her off for the evening with car enthusiast John Milner, played by Paul Le Mat.
Le Mat received a Golden Globe Award for his role. The success of the movie spawned the likes of the television comedy series Happy Days, starring Ron Howard.
Phillips shocked the public with the revelations in her 2009 book High On Arrival, with its allegations of sexual abuse from her drug addled late father, John Phillips of the the '60's pop group the Mamas and Papas, produced by music mogul Lou Adler.
The quartet's radio friendly singles included "California Dreaming" and "I Saw Her Again."
Phillips' book alleged that her father had sex with her after plying her with heroin. Family members, including Mack's mother, former singer and actress Michelle Phillips, have taken various sides, as is most typically the case in situations of abuse.
Members of dysfunctional families will go into denial, and adapt to roles, resisting change or reality, despite evidence at hand. Denial of other family members can often be a sign or symptom of being a co-abuser.
After the book was published, she appeared on Celebrity Rehab. During filming that season, her beloved dog Max died.
Mackenzie told Examiner.com, "I think of him every day."
Phillips came to the MusiCares Map Event with a peer. "This is the owner and operator of the Pasadena Recovery Center, Mike Bloom," she said, introducing him.
"And I have the incredible honor of working with our inpatient community, and running groups with clients, and it's the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me," she enthused.
Sometimes the truth has to be told.
Phillips said that after her book was published, she heard from people that went through similar situations. "Tens of thousands of women and boys," she said. "Absolutely. Men, boys. Yes. It was an overwhelming response."
When noting the broad spectrum of sexual abuse that occurs in families, Phillips responded, "People put blinders on and pretend it's not happening. They villify the victim, and they protect the perpetrator. It happens a lot."
When asked what her most healing moment was, Phillips responded, "The most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me is getting clean and sober again, and not having to live that way any more. Knowing that there is a solution."
Phillips added, "If Joe Walsh and Ozzy Osbourne can get sober, why can't I? Boom."
Jeff Greenberg told Examiner.com, "There was a time when it was cool to do drugs. It was the thing to do. There was a time when people thought they couldn't be creative unless they were loaded."
"Those times are gone," he said. "Now people that are the brightest and the best are straight, and they are living life under life's terms."
With branding now being more financially lucrative to many recording artists, rather than their music, keeping it together is more crucial than ever, as artists can no longer simply depend on a lawyer, a manager and their label to do deal with business.
Said Greenberg, "It's very much, when you're now a successful artist, you're like the CEO of a successful, a big corporation."
He also pointed out how the internet, and its relationship with broadcast media makes it less easy for artists to keep secrets.
"Believe me," he said. "Nowadays with social media, it's impossible to hide the fact that you're getting high."
Greenberg feels it is not just the music business that has changed, but that the attitude of the fans has, as well. If an artist they admire is out of control on drugs or alcohol, he said, "The audience doesn't want to know that any more. They don't think it's cool."
"It is important organization, the MusiCares MAP Fund. They are doing amazing work. The Recording Academy, MusiCares, the MAP Fund," he asserted.
"The MAP Fund, MusiCares has saved so many lives, lives no one tells you about, because no one mentions names. But I would say that hundreds of your favorite artists have been saved by this organization, this program," Greenberg stated.
It is Greenberg's 26th year of sobriety.
Prior to the show, Beth Hart told Examiner that MusiCares' addiction services are crucial. "I've referred a lot of people here, mainly in L.A." she commented. "That is, of course, this is where I am."
She also stated her belief, "I think from my experience, that most people in recovery are incredibly creative human beings, and if you can't find an outlet for that creativity, it consumes you. It seems like drugs and alcohol are very effective treatment for acoholism, you know what I mean? It sort of quiets the voice in your head."
She said that conversely, "You kind of find out when you get sober, that you thought you were playing it before, but when you get clear, you're plugged in to a lot more than your amplifier. You know what I mean."
"Stuff just starts moving through you," said Hart.
Hart also noted some of the other changes she made in her life after becoming sobriety.
As far as the present, and being a sober woman, Hart commented, "All of my best friends are sober women. I've met women I'll have friendships with for the rest of my life. You know, women that I actually met in the rooms, you know. Sober women's groups are the best meetings for me to go to, you know what I mean."
"It's a deep bond, a connection we're going through in life together, and we're getting down to causes and conditions, and supporting each other, and loving each other," she said.
Not all of the women Hart went through recovery with were musicians, she said, but a couple of them were. "A couple of them didn't make it," she added.
"But my son's God mother and all my real close friends, we all come from different walks of life, but the bonds that you form when you are kind of walking through it together, they last forever," she said.
Hart also talked about one of her previous year's performances at the annual MAP fundraiser.
"I just saw Chad walking down the red carpet there, and you know, before we came out with Ace (Frehley) to do "Shock Me," Matt Sorum didn't even know we were playing that song. Initially Chad was just in the hallway, and he said, 'I know "Shock Me."
"He got up on stage, and just rocked it. We never even rehearsed it with him or anything," she said.
"Slash didn't know we were playing it, either. All the sudden, we were just in the closet. We taught it to Slash in the closet of the dressing room," she laughed.
When pointing out the irony of teaching a Kiss song to Slash, Hart responded with a laugh, saying, "Yeah, those days are far and few between."
"MusiCares is the best program on the block," swore Hart. "They saved my life. I owe them my life, for real."
"Almost every musician that I know that has tried to get clean, they are right there with anything you need help with. They have medical treatment, they have help with detoxing. They stick by their people, and as far as I'm concerned, this is the best cause on the block," the multi-talented songstress said. "They're the best."
"I was living in my car, basically, when I got here," remembered Hart.
The Grammy nominated performer said is currently playing with her husband Rob. "It's his band. I had to try out. I was the third bass player they picked," she joked. "He knows how to make a girl feel special, you know."
Actor and comedian Tommy Davidson, who shot to fame on the television show In Living Color, also attended, and discussed his sobriety with Examiner.com. The show became a stepping stone to the careers of many, including Jennifer Lopez, who appeared as one of the dancers known as the "Fly Girls."
Among the other talented comedians on the show, Chris Rock was among those that had made special guest appearances, and the legendary Wayans Brothers also starred on the show.
Davidson explained, "I spent time around the rooms of Alcohol Anonymous (AA) and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) for about 20 years."
Like Osbourne, Davidson is also ten years sober. "Ten years sober today. My date is May 3," Davidson said about his accomplishment.
"I'm really happy," he said.
"I'm in the now club, honey. If we're still here after all this time, I mean, you and me outlived Michael Jackson," Davidson enthused.
"Nobody knows how long we're going to be on this little blue thing we live on, and no onr knows what's next," he said.
Davidson said he always had faith he would have a long career, and said that his favorite memory of filming In Living Color was performing live at the Super Bowl. "We really had to deliver," he said. "We couldn't mess anything up. We really came together as a team that day."
He recalled, "We had worked together for years, but when we did that Super Bowl half-time show, all of our real skills really started shining through."
"It is still a ground-breaking show," Davidson pointed out about In Living Color, which began its run in 1990. "There's still nothing like it. I'm a lucky dude. It's like I'm part of the '79 Pittsburgh Stealers or something."
"It's like there will never be another team like that again. They were the greatest team, and no one could ever deny it," he said.
Davidson acknowledged the fact that the show "opened comedy to blacks. That's what it did."
"It started the whole movement, but it's always been there. But you mostly saw Carol Burnett. You saw mostly saw Saturday Night Live, you saw Laugh In. You didn't see a lot of black faces in the early black comedy schetches on television," he noted.
"You did have Flip Wilson," Davidson recalled. "But that was really about it."
Despite the many artists that showed up to the 10th Anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, there are far more musicians and people working in music that have been helped by its services.
Anyone in the business with substance abuse issues is urged to contact MusiCares.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Its services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills.
Other services that are arranged for include psychotherapy, treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses.
MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.
MusiCares also offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.
The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community.
Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Music fans are urged by The Recording Academy to Like "MusiCares" on Facebook, and to follow MusiCares on Twitter.
Donations to the MusiCares MAP Fund may be made online for any amount on the organization's website at this link.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.
Internationally known for the Grammy Awards, the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.
The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers.