LINCOLN â€” The Closers canâ€™t always make things right in the world, but when they start rehearsing for a gig, you can be sure the healing has begun.
Whether itâ€™s breast cancer research or solving the puzzle of arthritis, the band inspired by charitable causes has a new reason to polish its repertoire â€“ the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
The moonlighting musicians of The Closers are in the woodshed again, preparing for a Jan. 24 show at The Met in Pawtucket to benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund. The fund was established for the sole purpose of memorializing the 26 victims of last monthâ€™s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., including 20 children who were six and seven years old.
â€śMost of us all have little children around the same age,â€ť says Jim Marini, one of the bandâ€™s two drummer/vocalists. â€śThatâ€™s kind of the main thing that sparked the whole idea.â€ť
While The Closers play the occasional event just for kicks, the band doesnâ€™t usually get together for a show except for charitable fundraisers because they all have regular day jobs. In the recent past, theyâ€™ve performed for The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation, the Relay for Life and the Arthritis Foundation of New England.
When the horrific stories of Adam Lanzaâ€™s inexplicably deadly rampage began flooding the news channels, Marini was so shocked he practically forgot about the bandâ€™s uniquely charitable mission.
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