In order to preserve Amy Winehouse’s memory, Mitch Winehouse plans to hold a star filled concert every year in Amy’s honour. The concerts will be used to raise money for the Amy Winehouse foundation.
“We need to make sure the money keeps coming in,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying.
“We are definitely planning a memorial concert for this year. We are hoping to have one here and in America and we’ll do that every year and alternate doing it in LA and New York,” he said.
“I’d love to have Tony Bennett on the bill as he is a friend of the foundation and has donated $100,000 dollars which is incredible… We’d also love to have Lady Gaga there,” he added.
Mitch Winehouse is saying that Amy’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil was “scared” of him and the Winehouse family.
He told RTE’s Late Late Show: “He [Blake] was scared of me and the family, he wanted to keep control. The first time I met him he was charming and the next time not so charming.
“He spoke about how he introduced her to drugs and said she took to it like a duck to water. A nice thing to say about his wife.
“I got the news in New York and it was like an icy cold calm came over me. In my mind was the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“We have good days we have bad days. It comes in waves.
“I can look at photos of Amy’s but I find it difficult to listen to the music, that’s the grieving process.
“If you have a day when you don’t cry is a good day. Today is not a good day.”
Mitch also says that Amy was becoming tired of performing towards the end of her life.
He said: “Certain things she was uncomfortable with. She was kind of moving away from the stage work, she did not enjoy it all actually.”
While talking to Anderson Cooper, Mitch explains however he doesn’t blame Amy’s death on Blake. Blake is also serving time in prison for a burglary and firearm offense. Nevertheless, Mitch is adamant Amy’s life starting getting out of control when Blake hit the scene.
Mitch explained to Anderson Cooper that the autopsy found traces of Lithium in her body. She was also trying to beat her alcohol addiction.
“Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” Winehouse said during the taping of Cooper’s new show, Anderson, debuting Monday. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”
Amy apparently was also having seizures from alcohol withdrawal prior to her death.
Amy’s Dad Mitch announced he was starting the organization in memory of his daughter. However someone has registered the Amy Winehouse Foundation name, and now he cannot cash cheques made out to that name.
Mitch tweeted, “We all have to bombard the tabloids websites to put pressure on this d**k head who stole our foundation name.
“Instead of concentrating on allocating funding I am having to send cheques back cos (because) we haven’t got (a) bank ac (account) in that name.
“Our solicitors are all over this, but it takes time. Meanwhile we can’t get on with (the) foundation.”
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch announced yesterday at Amy’s funeral that the family is creating the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The Foundation will specialize in supporting those with substance abuse issues. The organization will also provide assistance to children and horses.
Mitch was with his cousin Michael in New York when he heard the news of Amy’s death, reports The Daily Mail.
“I was with my cousin Michael when I heard and straight away I said I wanted an Amy Winehouse Foundation, something to help the things she loved – children, horses, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse.”
He added that his plans for the Amy Winehouse Foundation are rooted in hope of systemic change.
“In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help. With the help of Keith Vaz MP, we are trying to change that.”
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse gave a touching speech at the funeral moments ago. He shared stories of Amy playing music from a young age, reports TMZ.
During Mitch’s eulogy, he said, “Goodnight my angel … Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much.”
The service was lead by a Rabbi in both Hebrew and English.
The service ended with the mourners singing ”So Far Away” by Carole King.