The Heavy Metal Truants, a charity cycle ride co-founded in 2012 by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and then Metal Hammer editor-in-chief Alexander Milas, will launch The Monster Rock Auction at 5pm today (September 19).
Among the items up for bidding online are a stage outfit worn by The Who’s John Entwistle, a signed bass from Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris, a Steven Wilson guitar, a leather vest worn by Ronnie James Dio and handwritten lyrics from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine.
The Monster Rock Auction will be solely online, with Givergy, and will last for ten days – 100% of proceeds will go to the three named charities: Nordoff Robbins, Childline, and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Speaking about the auction, Smallwood said: “As with our annual ride from London to Download, the Monster Rock Auction is about tapping into the tremendous goodwill of the music industry. Just as 50 riders assemble each year to ride 180 miles united by a common cause, the Monster Rock Auction is proof-positive that this isn’t just a genre of music music – it’s a community, and as you can see the items we’re putting up for auction the community has delivered and then some.”
Milas added: “The Monster Rock Auction is a powerful statement about rock and metal and and the people who make it happen. The support the Heavy Metal Truants have had from the movers and shakers of our world over the years has been truly awesome, and it says something really wonderful about the ethos that underpins our end of the musical spectrum, and to date it’s added up to over £500,000 in support of the remarkable work that these charities do. Good luck to everyone who takes part - bid generously, and bid often!”