Benefit concert set, as family prepares to move ex-Wings guitarist Henry McCullough back home

A benefit concert for the ailing Henry McCullough will be held in Dublin this March. The former guitarist with Paul McCartney and Wings, Joe Cocker and Spooky Tooth is recovering from a devastating heart attack last November.

Former Wings bandmate Denny Seiwell, in an exclusive interview with Something Else! Reviews, told us last week that McCullough is unlikely to make a meaningful recovery — having suffered brain damage, Seiwell said, after going too long without oxygen before emergency personnel arrived.

[SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: Henry McCullough remembers the initial tour by Paul McCartney and Wings, and discusses his decision to leave the band some two years later.]

McCullough, who had battled addiction and won, appeared at Woodstock with Joe Cocker, the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar, Spooky Tooth’s swan-song recording, Pink Floyd’s “Money” (in an hilarious spoken-word segment) and on three Top 10 singles, including the charttopping smash “My Love,” as well as the Red Rose Speedway album with Wings. His most recent solo release was 2011′s Unfinished Business.

Family members are now preparing to move McCullough from the hospital in Belfast where he has been undergoing treatment, back to his home in Ballywonderland where he can rest more comfortably.

The March concert, called “Salute to Henry” and to be held at Vicar Street in Dublin, is being organized by Pete Cummins of Fleadh Cowboys and Granny’s Intentions. Proceeds to be directed toward helping with McCullough’s on-going care.

Among those already signed up to perform are Cummins’ Fleadh Cowboys, Sweeney’s Men, John Spillane, Honor Heffernan, the Kevin Doherty Band, Mick Flannery, the Ed Deane Band, Declan Sinnott and Christy Moore. For more on the concert, including tickets, go to: http://www.henrymccullough.com/.

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