Hosted by Henry Rollins, the charity event featured collaborative performances by Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro, Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Anthrax's Scott Ian, John 5, Weezer's Scott Shriner, Jesse Hughes, and Dos' Mike Watt Watt and Kira Roessler, among others. Hanging out backstage at the nearly sold-out event were artist manager Andy Gould (Rob Zombie, Pantera, Linkin Park, Guns N' Roses, Morrissey); Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Keith Emerson; Pinnacle Entertainment's John Dittmar; manager Rick Sales (Slayer, Mastodon, Bullet For My Valentine); and Nico Network Marketing & Events founder Nico Golfar.
Left to right: Rockers Henry Rollins, Christian Martucci, Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Jason Christopher, John 5 and Dave Lombardo.
Drop In the Bucket co-founder John Travis, who has also worked for the past 20 years as a record producer, tells Billboard.biz that lining up the talent for the benefit concert was a simple task. "All of the people on the bill are basically my friends," he says. "They're people I know who I can call up and ask."
The funds raised from the benefit concert -- which could total up to $50,000, according to Travis -- will be used to build 20 new water wells in the northern region of Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan.
Drop In the Bucket co-founder/president John Travis, Henry Rollins and Drop In the Bucket co-founder/director Stacey Travis. Lat year, Rollins traveled to Africa with Drop In the Bucket to see the nonprofit's work firsthand. Stacey Travis spends about half of each year on the continent.
"The kids from those areas have to spend most of their day walking to fetch water everyday. If you're walking four miles filling up a jerrycan of water, which is pretty heavy, and carrying it back, that takes up a big part of your day," Travis explains. "So we primarily build water wells at schools. That means the kids can go to the school and on their way home bring home a jerrycan of water for their family. That's what they'll use for cooking, cleaning, washing -- everything."
Sponsors included Vans, Guvera, Revolver and the Avalon.