Michael J. Fox raised more than $5 million for his Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at a Beatles-themed fundraiser in Manhattan on Saturday night.
Joining the former Family Ties star were emcee Denis Leary, Sheryl Crow, Martin Scorsese, Muhammad Ali, Famke Janssen, Rob Thomas and Susan Sarandon.
The surprise guest of the night, however, was Axl Rose. He took the stage at the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom to sing Paul McCartney‘s “Live and Let Die.” How come the ex frontman for Guns ‘n Roses was there?
“Michael had asked,” Rose told People magazine. “We actually used a sample of Michael J. Fox from (his film) Casualties of War in one of our songs that will be on the new album. So I felt, one, I’ve always been a fan of his. And I also feel for the guy and his situation. I’m for stem-cell research, so I just thought it would be wrong not for me to come when I was asked.”
Elvis Costello attended with wife Diana Krall, who’s due to give birth in December. “But it’s twins,” said Krall, “so maybe sooner!”
That makes no sense, Diana. Talk to Diddy about haivng twins, ok?
Fox’s wife, Tracy Pollan, said the annual fundraiser got a shot in the arm from last week’s wins by Democrats, along with candidates favoring stem-cell research:
“It definitely has an extra little feeling of excitement. But this is always a really important night, and a really fun night for us.”
Crow, who sang the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “Eight Days a Week,” told People: “I’m really here to celebrate what Michael J. Fox is doing and what he’s done so far, and the great hope he’s giving everyone.”
On a personal note, Crow figured it was a great time to mention: “I’m dating.”
But she didn’t say who the unlucky man to follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong happened to be.