In wake of the horrific Paris Attacks that occurred during the Eagles of Death Metal Show at the Bataclan Theatre, co-frontman Josh Homme is calling to action musicians of the world to give back.
For every artist that covers EOD’s Zipper Down single “I Love You All The Time”, the band will donate 100% of the proceeds to The Sweet Stuff Foundation, which benefits families of the victims of the attacks. This includes the family of Nick Alexander, their merch manager who was fatally shot and killed during the attacks.
Homme and the band are asking musicians across the spectrum of music genres; “soul or R&B; hip-hop or ‘hippy’; garage, goth, country, punk or pop; death metal or DJ,” — anyone willing to “Play It Forward.” So far My Morning Jacket has contributed as well as the Dean Ween Group, who’s covers are at the bottom of this post. In addition, Duran Duran has commited their earnings from EOD’s cover of “Save a Prayer” to the cause.
Read Josh Homme’s letter below:
Hello talented friend, The senseless and violent terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris have left us all unsettled and we dare not give another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power.
Instead, we are writing to ask for your help to Play It Forward. We are calling upon our friends to donate their time, talent and good will in a show of solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide.
We are asking for you to cover our song “I Love You All The Time.” For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100% of the publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
In the same spirit, we would encourage you to offer one of your songs up to be covered by another artist, and follow suit – donate the publishing monies to charity – The Play it Forward Initiative.
Whether you’re Soul or R&B; Hip Hop or Hippy; Garage, Goth, Country, Punk or Pop; Death Metal or DJ; It matters not. Whether your version is faithful to ours, instrumental, uses only lyrics or fragments thereof or is completely reimagined in every way, it matters not. Your individual musical differences become our collective strength. Simultaneously, we will call upon iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify & all others who will sell these covers, to join us and donate their portions to a charity as a symbol of unity. So many wonderfully talented artists have offered their love & support or have reached out asking, “How can we help?” Our answer is simple; Unite with us. All of us. The musicians, the bands, the music companies & the fans… because we are music. We are the anthems of great nations. We are the songs of our forefathers. We are the hymns of God. The songs of the broken hearted. The unchained melodies. The songs of puppy love & of love that cannot be broken. We are the music of hope & possibility. We are the call to arms. We are the chorus of victory. We are songs in the key of life.
We are the Champions… of the World.
In the event our song doesn’t float your boat, we encourage you to help unite our business by any means possible. If you’re drawing a blank, donate something of yours or the proceeds from one of your songs, as Duran Duran has so graciously done. But do join us help & heal through music. They attacked us all, please hear the call.
Thank you for your time & love to you all,
Eagles of Death Metal
My Morning Jacket:
The Dean Ween Group:
For more information about the charity and how to donate, please check out The Sweet Stuff Foundation’s website.