'Pressure' Cover To Raise Tsunami Relief Funds
Reprise labelmates the Used and My Chemical Romance will release a version of the Queen and David Bowie collaboration, "Under Pressure," which they performed throughout the recently completed Taste ofReprise labelmates the Used and My Chemical Romance will release a version of the Queen and David Bowie collaboration, "Under Pressure," which they performed throughout the recently completed Taste of Chaos tour. The song will be available beginning tomorrow (April 12) through digital retailers, with proceeds benefiting tsunami victims in Southern Asia through Music for Relief.
"It was very exciting to be able to play this song every night, so we decided to release a studio version of the song we had recorded before the tour started," says the Used's Bert McCracken. "We want to get our fans involved in rebuilding a devastated region, so we decided that all proceeds will go to Music for Relief."
A video clip of the acts performing the song during a recent episode of MTV2's "$2 Bill Presents" concert was seen throughout March on the music channel's Web site.
"My Chemical Romance couldn't wait to release the studio version because we feel it's important to contribute to a worthwhile cause, and some people may overlook tsunami relief now that three months have passed," the band's Gerard Way says.
Since being founded in December by the members of Linkin Park, Music for Relief has funneled more than $1 million to the American Red Cross. The organization has since partnered with UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity International, which will split the proceeds of the "Under Pressure" download for its rebuilding efforts in areas hardest hit by the tragedy.
Other projects that have supported Music for Relief include a February concert featuring No Doubt, Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Ozzy Osbourne and others in Anaheim, Calif., and the all-star single "Forever in Our Hearts," spearheaded by Godhead's Jason Miller.
The Used has a handful of upcoming tour dates on its schedule, including an April 23 appearance at KTBZ Houston's Buzzfest show in the Woodlands, Texas. The band is out supporting last year's "In Love and Death," which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 465,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
My Chemical Romances has an extensive slate of appearances in store supporting Green Day's North American tour, which opens Friday in Coral Gables, Fla. The band is also one of the anchors on this summer's Vans Warped Tour, which opens June 18 in Columbus, Ohio. MCR's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" debuted in June 2004 at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The album, which has sold 552,000 copies, is this week at its peak of No. 45 on The Billboard 200.