Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.
Here’s what the fundraiser will include:
“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.
2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.
3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”
Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:
Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Michael Angelo Batio
Tim Henson (Polyphia)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Satchel (Steel Panther)
John 5 (Rob Zombie)
Gus G (Firewind)
Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
Ola Englund (The Haunted)
Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
Sam Totman (DragonForce)
Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
Elliot Easton (The Cars)
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”
“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”
System Of A Down have announced a virtual fundraising event for Artsakh and Armenian soldiers, who have been injured during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. The event will stream live on January 30 at 9:00am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT via YouTube and it will also feature the premiere of the band’s new music video for “Genocidal Humanoidz.”
The group commented:
“The freedom fighting soldiers of Artsakh and Armenia have suffered war crimes at the hands of Azerbaijan, later abetted by Turkey. Even after the ceasefire signed on November 10, 2020, those heroes wounded in the recent conflict remain in dire need of prosthetics, advanced treatment, and medical care. We are hosting a fundraising livestream event in order to raise money to rehabilitate and outfit the nearly 1,000 soldiers who have lost arms and legs with life-changing prosthetic limbs. The funding will also benefit the introduction of groundbreaking laser therapy for the treatment of white phosphorous chemical burns and the reduction of scarring and agonizing pain. All proceeds from the livestream will be donated to this cause.
We welcome you, along with our list of special guests, to join us this Saturday, January 30, at 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern to support our efforts – exclusively on our YouTube channel. The official video premiere for “Genocidal Humanoidz” will immediately follow the live event. Subscribe to our channel now at to stay updated. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.”
Pearl Jam will be teaming up with composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda for a one night only conversation in which they will discuss “their artistic inspirations and why they use their microphones for activism.” The virtual event will take place on December 16 at 8:30 p.m. EST and it will “raise money to engage the Georgia Latino community in advance of the January 5th runoff election.”
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder commented:
“Georgia came through for America and now it’s time for America to come through for Georgia. We — along with millions of others — are fans of Lin-Manuel for both his art and his activism and we are excited to work together to support progressive organizations Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia, and the Hispanic Federation. We hope you will join us live on December 16th as we talk music, art, and activism.”
“I’ve long admired Pearl Jam’s music and commitment to advocacy — and their music has made an impact on me since I was a teenager. I haven’t met them yet, but have wanted to for a long time. We thought it would be fun to meet in front of our fans while raising awareness and resources to make sure we get out the vote for the Georgia runoff election.”
Comedian Wayne Brady will host the event and tickets can be found HERE.
Sully Erna (Godsmack) has announced a “Live From The Living Room” fundraiser for The Scars Foundation. The event will stream on the frontman’s YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page on August 6 at 5:00 p.m PT / 8:00 p.m. ET and it will feature Godsmack, Erna solo (feat. Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, Papa Roach, Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.
“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life. But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer. One day, I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.
And that’s why The Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections,’ or ‘scars,’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly!
I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles.
Just remember: you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”
In addition to the livestream, fans can also participate in a charity auction HERE.