Eagles of Death Metal Reach Out to Artists to Cover ‘I Love You All the Time’ to Aid Paris Families
Eagles of Death Metal are off the road, clearly shaken from the horrific terrorist attack that left 89 dead at their show in Paris last month. But the band is starting to find a way to move forward with their lives and do something for the families affected by the shooting deaths. They've reached out to artists from all genres to cover their song "I Love You All The Time," with the intention of donating all the publishing royalties from any cover sold to the Sweet Stuff Foundation's charitable campaign sending aid to the families of the victims of the Nov. 13 terrorist attack.
Eagles of Death Metal guitarist Josh Homme, who also fronts Queens of the Stone Age, last month decided to use his Sweet Stuff Foundation charity as a way to help aid the families and now the band has reached out with their new plea via an email to artists of all genres. Their message reads as follows:
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
The Dean Ween Group was among the first to cover the song (seen in the player above), citing their long running friendship with Josh Homme as part of the reason why they immediately hopped on board. Ween stated, "I have been very close friends with Josh Homme for over 20 years. He is easily the best friend I have in a a band. When we need advice we talk to one another. We were signed to Elektra the same week (Kyuss) and we toured a lot together during that era (Chocolate and Cheese). The sense of love and camaraderie on those tours was unparalleled."
He added, "When Josh asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group album ... I feel so passionately about this track and I have set my personal goal at one million views and I'm asking everyone out there to share this link and keep sharing it until it reaches that goal. Check it out and donate some cash to the Sweet Stuff Foundation. All donations made through the Sweet Stuff Foundation are dedicated to aid the victims of the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris & the family of fallen Eagles of Death Metal brother, Nick Alexander."
In addition to Eagles of Death Metal's campaign, Duran Duran have agreed to donate any proceeds coming from Eagles of Death Metal's cover of their single "Save a Prayer" to aid those affected as well.
To make a donation to the Sweet Stuff Foundation with the proceeds going to aid the families of the victims of the Paris terrorist attack, click here.