Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Phil Collins, and Mike Joyce from The Smiths are just some of the world’s top drummers who are donating items from their kits to 12 Drummers Drumming. The online auction, which is raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust, will go live on 21st November.
This year the auction features a drummer’s dream – Nicko McBrain has donated the entire drum kit from Iron Maiden’s 2006 A Matter of Life and Death tour.
Nicko McBrain said: “This drum set has done the world tour, the WHOLE LOT’ so please dig deep in your pockets to bid for the item. Money raised will support young people diagnosed with cancer so they don’t have to face it alone, particularly at this festive time of year.”
Other big ticket items include the drums used by Bring Me the Horizon’s Mat Nicholls during the band’s That’s The Spirit tours of North America. Phil Collins has donated a signed drum head.
The auction is being hosted at www.charitystars.com and will be live for three weeks until 12th December. Money raised from the auction will help provide life-changing nursing care and support for the 7 young people aged 13-24 who are diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK. This includes access to world-leading Teenage Cancer Trust specialist nurses and age-appropriate hospital spaces with big TV screens, use of a Play Station and games, as well as a jukebox and musical instruments.
Last year, the Christmas auction raised £20,000 from drum equipment donated by musicians including Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, Kasabian’s Ian Matthews and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.
Jane Ashton, Head of Music and Entertainment at Teenage Cancer Trust said: “Teenage Cancer Trust is so privileged to have the support of these world class drummers and can’t thank them enough for donating such brilliant pieces for auction. A huge thank you to the team at Remo too as we couldn’t have pulled this together without them. To see the drumming community coming together to do their bit in support of young people with cancer is very special. Every penny raised will go towards providing life changing care to young people who are having to deal with being diagnosed with cancer.”
To find out more about the work of Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org