Iron Maiden, Metallica, Queen, Whitesnake and Def Leppard are among the bands who have donated priceless items to The Heavy Metal Truants: Monster Rock Auction 2019.
The annual online auction raises vital funds for 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 features ‘money-can’t-buy’ items personally donated by rock legends and their representatives.
With Part 2 yet to be announced, Part 1 of the 2019 Monster Rock Auction is live at heavymetaltruants.com/auction now and closes on Saturday 27th July.
It boasts the following incredible items:
- Metallica Master Of Puppets Signed Guitar
The ultra limited-edition Master of Puppets album graphic ESP LTD guitar is signed by all four members of Metallica: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo
- Iron Maiden Stained Glass Window
Created by artist Tom Spencer, this one-of-a-kind Iron Maiden stained glass window was created for Planet Rock Magazine and featured on the front cover of the December 2018 issue
- Meet & Greet with Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor
This will take place at Queen + Adam Lambert's show at New York's Madison Square Garden on 6th August 2019. The prize also includes two tickets to the show but does not include travel or accommodation. £10 guarantees a ticket entered into the raffle to win this amazing prize.
- Rainbow gold disc signed by Ronnie James Dio
Presented to Ronnie James Dio and signed by the man himself, this gold disc was created by Polydor to celebrate the worldwide success of the second studio album Rainbow Rising which was released in 1976.
- Keith Richards ‘Talk Is Cheap’ signed Super Deluxe Box Set
Just 250 signed copies of this expansive release were made available and Heavy Metal Truants have the last one.
- Scott Gorham Les Paul Guitar
The Les Paul has been Gorham’s partner-in-crime since the day Phil Lynott gave him the Thin Lizzy job.
- Handwritten and signed Def Leppard 'Rock of Ages' lyrics
Planet Rock’s very own Joe Elliott wrote and signed the lyrics before Def Leppards headline Download Festival appearance. Beautifully framed and presented with the ‘Pyromania’ album cover.
- Handwritten and signed Whitesnake ‘Still Of The Night’ lyrics
The ‘Still Of The Night’ handwritten by David Coverdale have been immortalised in a specially created frame for this charity auction. Along with the lyrics, the white sleeve 7" vinyl single has been beautifully framed and presented.
- Signed Bring Me The Horizon guitar
The Epiphone Ltd Ed Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit is designed in collaboration with Bring Me The Horizon's Lee Malia, and features the vintage 'RD' profile for the 1970s to create a truly stunning and unique guitar. Donated and signed by Lee himself.
Alexander Milas says: “It’s said that mighty oaks grow from small acorns. It should also be said: that’s especially true of acorns that have been soaked in beer. It feels like yesterday. Back in 2012, Iron Maiden manager, Rod Smallwood, invited me on one of his now infamous charity cycle rides, the Truants. What I didn’t know was that it was about to get a million times better. It was early evening in Marrakech, and the heat was just about bearable for the first time. Rod cracks over a beer, turns to me, and says… “How are you planning on getting up to Donington this year?”
“That moment saw the birth of the Heavy Metal Truants, and to say it’s been a remarkable journey is an understatement. Our little cycle ride has evolved rather significantly over the years. The first five rides have seen dozens upon dozens of cyclists have come together to raise money for three fantastic charities that do truly immense work to improve the lives of children and young people: Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline. Add in friends and family who’ve supported them, and the great and good of the music industry who have supported us, and you haven’t just got a proposition that has raised over £500,000 to date, but an organisation that’s the very essence of what heavy metal is all about. It doesn’t matter who you are: hills and sweat are a great equaliser, and the only thing that matters is that you’re out there with us.”