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Sting joins Michael J. Fox on stage at benefit gig

Sting on stage with Michael J Fox
Sting on stage with Michael J Fox Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

Michael J. Fox was joined onstage by music legend Sting last Saturday, October 23, at a benefit gig in aid of the actor’s charity.

The event, titled A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s’ took place in New York City and was Fox playing tribute to the end scene in Back To The Future which sees his character Marty McFly playing Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ at a homecoming show.

Thanking Sting for his surprise performance Fox’s Foundation posted on social media: “Your performance brought the house down at the #FoxGala this weekend!

“Thank you so much for coming out to help raise funds for Parkinson’s research”

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 1991, since then he was raised over $1billion through his charity.

The Fox Foundation website says it ‘is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.'

In an interview with People Fox said:  'We are loading up all the cannons we can and pointing them at the target. One of them will fire and it will happen. The disease is a problem that will be there until you solve it. But we're hopeful.'

The actor admitted the circle of what is able to do as his condition deteriorates ‘gets smaller’, but he is happy he's 'found things in the middle of the circle that can't be touched, like my family and the time I have with them.'

The benefit concert was hosted by Dennis Leary and also featured a performance by Brad Paisley.