Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Styx, Foreigner donate proceeds to Philly firefighters' union charity

A burned bus near Penn´s Landing, originally hired to transport crew supporting the classic rock bands Styx and Foreigner. (Cindy Stansbury/Staff)
A burned bus near Penn's Landing, originally hired to transport crew supporting the classic rock bands Styx and Foreigner. (Cindy Stansbury/Staff)

Classic rock bands Styx and Foreigner will donate some revenue from their Thursday night appearance at the Susquehanna Bank Center to a Philadelphia firefighters’ union charity.

The announcement comes a day after two buses hired to transport the bands’ crew members were found ablaze in a parking lot near Penn’s Landing.

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s quick response was critical in stopping the fire in its tracks, enabling the show to go on, publicist Amanda Cagan said in an email. The flames were extinguished in about 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported.

Styx and Foreigner, in conjunction with nonprofit Rock to the Rescue, will donate Thursday night's proceeds from the sale of joint compilation album, “The Soundtrack of Summer,” to the Widow's Fund of firefighters' union Local 22 “as a thanks for cooling down their burning buses yesterday,” Cagan said.

She also noted that fire personnel from both Philadelphia and Camden will be on hand at the concert “in case the show gets too hot.”

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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