A very charismatic Henry Rollins hosted a benefit show at the historic Avalon in Hollywood on Wednesday night (30 November 2011) for Drop in the Bucket, a Uganda based NGO that is building water wells and sanitation systems in sub-Saharan Africa so that children have access to drinking water – a basic human need – in order to survive, be able to attend school and have water for uses that many of us take for granted.
Comedian Kate Flannery kicked-off the event in a round of comedy with Scot Robinson, for their Lampshades lounge act, followed by a fun performance from Boots Electric, (with Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal, Joey Castillo and Eden Galindo) and that got the crowd warmed-up for the fantastic show. Legendary punk, Minutemen, Mike Watt played a few songs with Duos and Black Flag collaborator, Kira Roessler, and Kraddy performed with the amazing Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Lombardo also played various songs with the main act. Then Corey Taylor came on with his all-star group of friends: Scott Ian (Anthrax), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson), Christian Martucci (Black President), Scott Shriner (Wheezer), Franz Stahl (Foo Fighters), Piggy D (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson), Ginger Fish (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Jason Rappise (Stone Sour) and other members of Rob Zombie, Slipknot and Stone Sour took turns performing favorite metal and rock cover songs by Van Halen, Sabbath, Judas Priest, AC/DC, KISS, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and Ozzy.
Aside from the power of seeing so many metal/rock/punk icons on stage together, the show was especially memorable because of all the positive energy that night. Both band members and the audience seemed charged with coming together as a community to support the Drop in the Bucket cause and to use music as a way of uniting people to raise awareness and support this organization. It was unbelievable how great and versatile they were at performing the variety of songs they covered, especially Corey Taylor who sang or played in every song- I have a new level of respect for his abilities. What also made the night a rare opportunity was it felt like I was seeing all of them having some fun and jamming to their favorite tunes with buddies in the intimate setting of the Avalon. I’m sure these guys are busy, have many obligations and could have spent their evening doing other things, but it made me respect them so much more for the great performance they put out to entertain the audience for a charitable cause. Huge props to all of them for putting on such a fun show, interacting with fans and helping out for Drop in the Bucket.
It was motivating hearing Rollins and Taylor speak so passionately about the organization as well as the need for supporting it’s efforts to drill wells and provide clean water in an area that has been severely impacted by both drought and the aftermath of a ten-year civil war. Drop in the Bucket has constructed over 140 water wells, as well as a number of sanitation systems, in Tanzania, Mozambique, South Sudan, Chad, Kenya and Uganda. We have so much that we take for granted here in the west and especially as the holiday season gets underway and most people are thinking of their wishlists, it’s nice to put a bit towards sharing with others in the global community. Giving to Drop in the Bucket is a way of helping others have access to water, such a simple, but critically important, life requirement. Shepard Fairey designed the poster and t-shirts that are both available for sale. Vans was also one of the sponsors of the night. The main site for the cause has information about the organization and ways to contribute.
Note: For others writing about the event- Crazy Train is by OZZY (not Sabbath- It was after he went solo!!!)
Other links and video from the amazing night:
Intro by Henry Rollins and Corey Taylor & Friends perform Dr. Love by Kiss: http://youtu.be/2vWKYPCQcIU.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Heading out to the Highway by Judas Priest: http://youtu.be/Jozi0MTkzKo.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Crazy Train by Ozzy: http://youtu.be/LenvAtXRKfo.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Dirty Deeds by AC/DC: http://youtu.be/WvE7NgzzXmk.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Everlong by Foo Fighters: http://youtu.be/KVvswHYI1Ts.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love by Van Halen: http://youtu.be/t_vH6mS_2GY.
Christian Martucci, Corey Taylor & Friends perform Walk All Over You by AC/DC: http://youtu.be/ibpe1ph5Qo4.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Would by Alice in Chains: http://youtu.be/7udVhz8KGYo.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath: http://youtu.be/AizhK3i545c.
Corey Taylor & Friends perform Unchained by Van Halen: http://youtu.be/jqtvBmS8cV8.
Kraddy & Dave Lombardo: http://youtu.be/X5x00iRm8tI.
All-star group on stage at the end of the night: http://youtu.be/MvgaVYIQtLc.