Josh Homme calls on iTunes and Spotify to donate all money made through cover versions of band's song
Eagles Of Death Metal have urged musicians and bands around the world to cover one of their songs in a bid to raise money for the victims of the Paris attacks.
Eighty-nine people were killed by gunmen at the band’s gig at Le Bataclan music venue on November 13 including their merch seller Nick Alexander. The venue was the worst hit during a series of of violent attacks in the French capital. A total of 130 people were killed and around 350 injured.
Speaking to Vice as part of the band’s first interview since the attacks, Josh Homme revealed his and his bandmate’s plan to raise money. Homme is a founder member of the band but does not perform live with the group so was not in France on the night of the attacks.
Inspired by the campaign to get Eagles Of Death Metal to Number One with their cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Save A Prayer’ and Simon Le Bon’s subsequent pledge to donate any money made from the record, the band have volunteered one of their own songs for a similar treatment.
“We have a song called ‘I Love You All The Time’ and if you’re a country artist, a DJ, death metal, it doesn’t matter, cover that song and we’ll donate the publishing,” Homme said.
“Our label will donate the mastering and all the publishing. Also, I would challenge iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal; whomever delivers music to get on board and if that song is recorded to donate all of it so the entirety is designated to help anyone that was a victim of this Paris attack and ruined by this to recover again.”
‘I Love You All The Time’ features on Eagles of Death Metal’s 2015 album ‘Zipper Down’ and can be heard below:
Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and Les InRocks reporter Guillaume B Decherf are also among the deceased.
Josh Homme has also pledged to help the victims of the Paris attacks via donations to his charity Sweet Stuff Foundation.