Sting headlines benefit for shooting victim

May 25, 2009 11:35:15 PM PDT
There was a rare performance Monday night in San Francisco. Iconic musicians from a variety of genres played together in a benefit concert for Oakland's Christopher Rodriguez, a boy who was paralyzed last year by a stray bullet as he practiced piano.

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It was a who's who of music legends led by Sting who sang "Fields of Gold" with Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

Music producer Narada Michael Walden brought the stars together in San Francisco to benefit his foundation, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and shooting victim Christopher Rodriguez.

"I love young people as we all do and it's time for us to inspire our community to come together," said Walden.

Twelve-year old Christopher was attending a music lesson in Oakland last year when a stray bullet, from a robbery, struck him and left him paralyzed.

"I'm happy to be here and we're going to raise a lot of money and we're going to have a lot of fun," said Sting.

"He [Sting] was in a band called The Police, I believe. It's on this game called Guitar Hero," said Christopher when asked what he knew about the famous musician.

Christopher may not have been familiar with many of the night's performers, but they knew him.

"You know, what a terrible thing, and I remember thinking at the time, 'what can I do to help this kid?'" said David Grisman of Jefferson Airplane.

It may take some time for Christopher to appreciate Sting performing with opera great Frederica Von Stade. Also performing were Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis of the 5th Dimension, R&B artist Shanice Wilson, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Lucia Micarelli.

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