Many of hard rock and heavy metal’s top musicians are coming together online to do a little good on Saturday, April 11, via Facebook Live.
Headed up by Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson, the livestream event, titled “Oh Say Can You Stream,” is an online fundraiser to help raise money for Ellefson’s School’s Out initiative which provides online lessons, instruments, and gear to kids and aspiring musicians during quarantine, and other COVID-19 relief charities.
“When one person suffers, we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause, especially in the music community,” David said. “As I saw so many of my friends who are ‘hired gun musicians,’ session players, etc., all losing so much work, we all saw months of work vanish before our eyes. We thought we could create an opportunity to really do some good on several fronts. So many of our friends have been so generous with their time, and it’s a wonderful initiative to be able to not only give kids something great to hold onto, but also keep some of our friends working in this uncertain time.”
The online event kicks off this Saturday at 4pm Eastern time, and it can be streamed on Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Twitch and Facebook page, David Ellefson’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation’s Facebook page.
Helping David with the hosting duties are the lead singer from Ellefson’s eponymous solo band, Tom Hazaert, former That Metal Show co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, comedian Craig Gass, and former Headbangers Ball host Riki Rachtman.
Appearances and performances abound over the course of the nine plus hour event. With appearances by Alice Cooper, Bumblefoot (Sons Of Apollo, ex Guns N Roses), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, King Kobra), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), and more.
Stream “Simple Truth” by David Ellefson on YouTube:
David Ellefson and his solo band will play an acoustic set which includes the band’s new single, “Simple Truth,” out on all digital platforms on April 10. All proceeds from the single will go towards the Italian Red Cross covid-19 efforts.
In addition to hard rock and metal artists, numerous musicians from other across other genres will appear as well, including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC), Daniel De Los Reyes (Zac Brown Band), John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), and more.
See a full list of performances and appearances below:
Clint Lowery (Sevendust)*
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
The Loyal Order*
Andre Comeau (The Real World NYC, Reigndance)*
Terry Ilous (XYZ, ex-Great White)
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC)
Danny Cooksey (Terminator 2, Salute Your Shorts)
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth)
Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Mark “Weissguy” Weiss (Legendary Rock Photographer)
Daniel de los Reyes (Zac Brown Band)
John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)
Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)
Greg Hetson (The Circle Jerks)
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)*
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Alice and Sheryl Cooper
Rich Ross (Freddy Jones Band)
Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth)
Marc Rizzo (Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy)
Frank Hannon (Tesla)*
Dash Cooper (CO-OP)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)
Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th/First Jason)
Adam Green (Director – Hatchet, Horror Legend)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Chip Z’Nuff (E’Nuff Z’Nuff)
PJ Farley (Trixter, RA)*
Drew Fortier (Dwellers – Ellefson Films)
Scott Schiaffo (Clerks, Vulgar, Musician, Author)
Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Clerks 2, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob)
Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks)
Ernie O’Donnell (Clerks, Chasing Amy)
Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi – Seinfeld, Austin Powers)
Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, The Devil’s Rejects, 31)
Stephen Costantino (Gamorrean Guard – Return of the Jedi)
+ more TBA
You have many platforms from which you can stream this virtual festival, but we recommend hitting up the Facebook page of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation.
Oh Say Can You Stream
Saturday, April 11