Eagles Of Death Metal Salute Contributors To 'Play It Forward' Cover Campaign, Set To Return To Paris
December 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM (PT)
Following the aftermath of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks on PARIS which claimed innocent lives at the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL show at LE BATACLAN, DURAN DURAN's SIMON LeBON tweeted that the band would donate their share of royalties from EODM's cover of "Save A Prayer" -- the subject of a fan-led campaign to make the song #1 in the U.K. — to charity.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL then asked its musical family to similarly support the victims of the attacks by joining the PLAY IT FORWARD CAMPAIGN, suggesting artists the world over cover their song "I Love You All The Time" -- which they performed as special guests during U2's recent HBO-televised concert in PARIS. For every cover sold, the band pledged to donate 100% of its publishing income to THE SWEET STUFF FOUNDATION, the non-profit organization founded in 2013 by EODM co-founder JOSHUA HOMME to provide assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, as well as musical education and gear for the next generation. Participating artists were also asked to donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
The full list of the first series of confirmed PLAY IT FORWARD EODM CAMPAIGN participants is in alphabetical order:
- FLORENCE + THE MACHINE (FEATURING THE MACCABEES)
- ED HARCOURT
- IMAGINE DRAGONS
- JIMMY EAT WORLD
- ALAIN JOHANNES
- KINGS OF LEON
- MINI MANSIONS
- MY MORNING JACKET
- THE NEW PACIFIC
- SINNER SINNERS
- DEAN WEEN GROUP
AMAZON, APPLE, SPOTIFY and TUNECORE also joined the initiative in donating their proceeds from these covers to FRIENDS OF FONDATION DE FRANCE in participating markets.
Commented HOMME, “I made a plea to artists and business people alike to come together to use our solidarity as proof that we are stronger together, and that we can make a difference. We are proud to be a little part of such a big group of talent and good will. We can’t thank these artists enough for their donations of talent, love, time, and compassion. Now, the PLAY IT FORWARD CAMPAIGN is in the hands of the fans to help us make a difference, and to help those affected by this tragedy. Please listen, purchase, play, and enjoy – and know that every time you do, you’re doing the sweet stuff that makes that difference.”
The covers are available today on iTUNES, PRIME MUSIC and SPOTIFY. Additional versions are forthcoming and will be announced as they are confirmed. Those wishing to donate should go to playitforwardeodm.com/ for information on how to do so.
PLAY IT FORWARD EODM CAMPAIGN donations to SWEET STUFF will aid the surviving family members of those killed in the PARIS attacks -- as well as the family of slain EODM crew member NICK ALEXANDER. For more information on The Sweet Stuff Foundation, go to www.thesweetstufffoundation.org.
In addition, the band will return to EUROPE for its first run of rescheduled dates -- now dubbed THE NOS AMIS TOUR -- including a FEBRUARY 16th show at the OLYMPIA in PARIS.
“The people of PARIS have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month,” commented EODM co-founder and frontman JESSE HUGHES. "Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming. Not returning to finish our set was never an option. We look forward to coming back in FEBRUARY and continuing our mission to bring rock ‘n’ roll to the world.”