Linkin Park, Duff McKagan + More Take Part in Rock Vs. Cancer Art Auction
Part of what makes music great is how much a particular idea or lyric can impact and affect us in ways that run deep. This holiday season you can take home some unique artwork from your some of of your favorite music acts and help to fight cancer all in one special campaign.
Linkin Park, Duff McKagan, Queens of the Stone Age, Korn, Shinedown, Incubus, Sublime With Rome, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, Seether, Dokken, Machine Head, Andrew WK, Bring Me the Horizon, Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, Pennywise, NOFX, All Time Low, Attila, Silverstein, Fishbone, Adler and many more acts are taking part in the special Music Saves Lives Rock Vs. Cancer eBay art auction, which is currently underway. On Dec. 10, at the Gibson / Baldwin Showroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., a silent auction with the 45 paintings done by different acts sharing their canvases with cancer survivors, patients and families will take place.
As part of the auction, artists have created art pieces with some of their more meaningful lyrics that are being auctioned to raise funds for the charity.
Emily Nielsen, who started the charity while facing her own cancer battle at a young age, revisited how the idea came to be. "In 2006 at a young age trying to understand the battle I had before me including fighting cancer, accepting chemotherapy and radiation and understanding that everyday I lived could be my last," says Nielsen. "I decided to try my hardest to turn the battle of Hodgkin's Lymphoma into a positive lesson for all. That April I reached out to my friends in the band Strung Out and raised over $5,000 with one show when they donated their time and talent so my sister and I could run the rock 'n roll marathon during my chemotherapy to show the we do have one life to live."
She adds, "That fall I realized that now only did medicine save my life but MUSIC saved my life. Rise Against has a song called 'Survive' and this song helped me survive my battle. That fall frontman Tim McIlrath and myself collaborated on a piece of art I still own and has travelled this globe with me. I painted the ribbon on behalf of my battle with cancer and Tim painted the lyrics of 'Survive.' Not less than 6 months later ROCK VS CANCER was truly born."
Now 8 1/2 years cancer free, Nielsen says that she wants to give hope to those fighting the disease and the outpouring of support from acts from all genres wishing to do the same has been unbelievable.