Wednesday night in the bowels of Hollywood, thousands of rock fans came out to the Legendary Avalon Theater to catch some great music for an even better cause. Slipknot/Stone Sour’s front man Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Kraddy featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Boots Electric featuring Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal, Mike Watt and Kira Roessler and more, along with host Henry Rollins, all came out perform at a star-studded benefit concert for Drop In The Bucket, a Los Angeles- and Gulu, Uganda-based non-profit that builds water wells and sanitation systems at large rural schools in sub-Saharan Africa.
Boots Electric played a punchy set of hits from his latest Honkey Kong album, before Rollins told a few early Black Flag stories and introduced Mike Watt and his bass accompaniment for the night, Kira Roessier. The woman absolutely possessed the concept of getting into the riff, jumping around the stage as she volleyed licks with her low-end companion.
After appearances from Lombardo, Navarro and more, the night rounded out with, Taylor, Rollins and all their pals taking the stage for an epic set of covers including "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters and "Crazy Train" by Black Sabbath, “Would” by Alice in Chains and “Dr. Love” by Kiss. With all of these heavyweights gathering together in one room to play their hearts out for this cause, beneath a slideshow of the faces of beaming African children all personally touched by the work of Drop In The Bucket, everyone clearly felt part of something much bigger than oneself.
In Rollins' words: "That's what the test of this century is going to be. People giving outside of their own area of concern and responsibility, or at least acknowledging their area of concern and responsibility to be larger than their dinner plate, their county, or their state, or their own country's borders." Last night all who attended, in a small but meaningful way, did just that.
Additionally, legendary artist Shepard Fairey, designed an exclusive poster for the event which all of the artists signed and will go up for auction to benefit Drop In The Bucket.
Drop In The Bucket believes we can help create a world in which children are safe, healthy, educated and free from fear. And we believe that the key to achieving those ends is clean water and sanitation. For more information on Drop In The Bucket, please visit www.dropinthebucket.org/
All Photos: Johnny Firecloud