Eagles of Death Metal Launch Charity Covers Initiative to Help Victims of Paris Attacks

Eagles of Death Metal Launch Charity Covers Initiative to Help Victims of Paris Attacks
Last week's interview with Eagles of Death Metal about the Paris attacks found the band suggesting artists cover their "I Love You All the Time" for charity. Now, the band's Josh Homme has sent out an open letter further explaining how other musicians can contribute to the cause.

As Rolling Stone reports, Homme's worldwide message puts out a call for musicians "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." They can help by submitting their own version of Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All the Time," with 100 percent of the publishing income to be donated to the Sweet Stuff Foundation, a not-for-profit that "was founded to give assistance to career musicians, recording engineers and their families struggling with illness and disability." 

Eagles of Death Metal want anyone and everyone to cover the song, whether it be done as "soul or R&B; hip-hop or 'hippy'; garage, goth, country, punk or pop; death metal or DJ." The message is more important than the musical genre.

Over the weekend, My Morning Jacket performed the track in concert. Now, the Dean Ween Group have uploaded their cover of the track. You'll find their sped-up redo, full of soft strums, lovely vocal harmonies and a slightly eccentric though enjoyable spate of percussive vocal ticks, down below. There, you'll also find Homme's statement in full. 

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