Queen, Status Quo, Toto and Slipknot have all donated ‘money-can’t-buy’ items to The Heavy Metal Truants: Monster Rock Auction 2019 – Part II.
Following the first online auction in the summer, Part II of the Monster Rock Auction 2019 once again directly benefits three children’s charities - Nordoff Robbins, Childline and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Presented by Heavy Metal Truants, a cycling charity co-founded by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Alexander Milas, the auction boasts priceless items personally donated by rock legends and their representatives.
In total there are four items fans can bid for on the Heavy Metal Truants website - heavymetaltruants.com/auction – over the next week.
Arguably the pick of the bunch is actual African Rainwater Signed by Toto, in homage to their 1982 smash hit 'Africa'.
The Heavy Metal Truants write: “Created especially for this auction and truly one of a kind, this stunning mirrored frame encases the original cassette of TOTO IV, but that's not all and trust us, there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do to get their hands on this unique item - until now.
“Along with their best- selling hit, Africa; backed onto a laser cut out of the great continent, this item includes actual rain water collected in Cape Town on the first day of the rainy season in 2019 after a long period of drought thanks friend of the Heavy Metal Truants Kathi Luxton.
“The vials of African rain are coated in resin to stop evaporation and have been signed by 3 band members from Toto at their UK show at Chelsea Gardens in June 2019.”
The other three items in the auction, and their descriptions, are as follows:
- Queen drumhead signed by Roger Taylor
“Longtime supporters of the Heavy Metal Truants who always find the time to help our quest to support Childline, Nordoff Robbins and Teenage Cancer Trust, Queen are legends both on and off the stage and have yet again blown us away with their tremendous generosity in donating this, a drumhead from Roger Taylor's personal collection and signed by the man himself.”
- Status Quo signed Fender Squire
“White Fender Squire Guitar personally signed by a line up to include the late Rick Parfitt, making this a truly rare item and is one of the last three in the world remaining to bear his signature alongside bandmates Francis Rossi, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave. This is a unique and tremendous item kindly donated by the band and Simon Porter at Duroc Media Ltd.”
- Slipknot: Clown's Baseball Bat From Download 2019
“Thrown from the Main Stage stage by Clown during the Slipknot set at Download Festival in June 2019, this remarkable piece of rock history will only come round once in a lifetime. You'd have to be psychosocial to pass this up!”
The first part of the Heavy Metal Truants: Monster Rock Auction 2019 featured items from Metallica, Iron Maiden, Queen, Rainbow, Def Leppard and many more.