According to The Pulse Of Radio, personal items donated by FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl, SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic and others have been used to create a unique line of timepieces called the Rock LTD Collection. Cornell, who pledged his support before his death last May, contributed a guitar strap that was turned into a watchband. Sales from the entire line benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment for artists.
Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement: "Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund one hundred percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction."
Cornell, who committed suicide at the age of 52 following a SOUNDGARDEN concert in Detroit on May 18, was a longtime MusiCares contributor who was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2007 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert.
The Rock LTD Collection is set to launch before the holidays and will include between twenty-five and thirty pieces priced from $1,200 to $1,800. The one exception is the Cornell piece, which will be auctioned at a May 2018 MusiCares benefit.
Other timepieces included in the line are a watch created from a plaid flannel shirt donated by Grohl, a piece constructed from a denim jacket provided by Novoselic, and watches created from items donated by Iggy Pop and Elton John.
Each of the hand-numbered watches will include a certificate of authenticity and be housed in a custom, etched case featuring the artist's name. The pieces will be available at several global retailers as well as stores owned by manufacturer Nixon.