Tenacious D Launch Auction to Benefit Paris Victims
Comedy-rock duo Tenacious D have launched an auction featuring memorabilia and props to benefit victims of the Paris terror attacks through Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation.
Among the lots are one-of-a-kind stage props like the Evil Alien Squid and “Fenix” used on the D’s Rize of the Fenix tour, as well as fur coats from their Pick of Destiny trek and the full wardrobe from the “Low Hangin’ Fruit” video. Members Jack Black and Kyle Gass are also auctioning off the silver superhero costumes they wore during their monumental, 23-minute hunger strike on MTV’s Total Request Live in 2003.
The full list of items is available to peruse on Charity Buzz. The auction is scheduled to end on January 5th.
While Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation typically funds music programs and provides support for musicians struggling with health issues and disabilities, it has turned its attention to the families of those killed in the attacks on Paris this November. The cause is close to Homme, whose group Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the concert venue Bataclan where 89 people were killed including the band’s merch manager Nick Alexander. While Homme co-founded Eagles of Death Metal with Jesse Hughes and plays drums on their recorded material, he does not tour with the group and was not in Paris during the attacks.
In the wake of the attacks, the Sweet Stuff Foundation announced that all donations made through December 31st would go to the surviving families of those killed. Eagles of Death Metal also launched a covers campaign, calling on artists to perform their Zipper Down cut “I Love You All the Time” with the intention of donating all the publishing income to the Sweet Stuff Foundation. Among those that have participated in the Play It Forward campaign are My Morning Jacket, Savages, Pearl Jam, Florence and the Machine, Imagine Dragons and Kings of Leon.