In the aftermath of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015—in which so many innocent lives were taken at the Eagles Of Death Metal show that evening at Le Bataclan—it was none other than Duran Duran who reached out with an immediate and sincere act of musical solidarity: In response to a fan-led campaign to push Eagles Of Death Metal’s cover of Duran Duran’s classic “Save A Prayer” to #1 in the UK, Simon LeBon tweeted that the new romantic icons would donate their share of royalties from the track to charity.
And that marked the moment the Eagles of Death Metal decided to create the Play It Forward project. EODM asked artists the world over to cover “I Love You All The Time” from its current album Zipper Down. For every cover sold, the band pledged to donate 100% of its publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation, the non-profit organization founded in 2013 by EODM co-founder Joshua Homme to provide assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, as well as musical education and gear for the next generation. Participating artists were also asked to donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
The band is overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity and empathy made manifest in the first wave of “I Love You All The Time” covers being released by the following artists, all of whom are donating any royalties due them for these performances. Listen to some of the tracks below. Other participating artists include: Ed Harcourt, Imagine Dragons, Alain Johannes, The New Pacific, r00ms, Sinner Sinners, and Dean Ween Group.
The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded in 2013 to give assistance to career musicians, recording engineers and their families struggling with illness and disability. The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the “last wishes” of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance. The healing power of music is also a vital form of preventative medicine. That’s why the Sweet Stuff Foundation’s two prong approach is also committed to providing assistance for music lessons, instruments, and musical collaborations for children. To help foster an atmosphere of creativity & introduce a healthy outlet via music, so that the ‘Sweet Stuff’ will continue for generations to come.