On April 23, DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED — the band led by VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan — will rock out at Neumos in Seattle to celebrate the release of their new CD, "The Taking" (release date April 19 via Armoury Records) and host a silent auction benefiting the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Presented by rock radio station KISW, the show will open with reunited local favorites THE LEMONS.
This isn't the first time Loaded has done its part to give back to our nation's veterans. Proceeds from the 2010 digital release of "Fight On", a song inspired by America's military veterans, were also donated to the Puget Sound Health Care System. "I was really struck by these young men and women," said Duff in a recent interview with AOL News. “What they had been through, their stories — it affected me deeply."
Auctioned items include:
* Original '80s print of Duff McKagan by Marc Cantor
* Blu-ray player plus 10 disc gift pack courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment
* Autographed PEARL JAM poster
* PEARL JAM photo book package autographed by photographer Lance Mercer
* Original ultra-rare PEARL JAM prints
* "Deadliest Catch" boat tour
* Drum head autographed by Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, John McVie, and Johnny Lang
* SLIPKNOT merchandise and DVDs autographed by Corey Taylor
* Celebrity-autographed Epiphone bass
* In-studio visit to the Gasman's show at KJR
* Autographed CD/picture package from Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
* Free shows for a year at Neumos
* Pair of tickets to the Capitol Hill Block Party
* Autographed Elvis Costello Secret, Profane & Sugarcane CD plus National Ransack 7" package
* Autographed Huskies football helmet
* Prestige Records album cover collection coffee table book with bonus CD
* Autographed Alejandro Escovedo CD
* Various items will also be gifted in a raffle
For those not in Seattle, LOADED has still offered a way to get involved! The band encourages fans to donate to the cause by visiting this location. Neumos is located at 925 E. Pike Street in Seattle. Doors open at 8 p.m. Auction runs from 9 to 10:30 p.m.