The Sweet Stuff Foundation aims to help musicians with disabilities and serious illnesses
The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded in 2013, but only recently properly launched. The charity will be auctioning off various items over the coming months, including a signed guitar from the 2014 Grammy Awards.
A press release reads: “The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the ‘last wishes’ of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance.”
“The healing power of music is also a vital form of preventative medicine. That’s why the Sweet Stuff Foundation’s two prong approach is also committed to providing assistance for music lessons, instruments, and musical collaborations for children. To help foster an atmosphere of creativity & introduce a healthy outlet via music, so that the ‘Sweet Stuff’ will continue for generations to come.”
Meanwhile, Queens Of The Stone Age are currently “taking a break”, according to bass player Michael Shuman.
Speaking to Gigwise recently, Shuman commented: “There will be future stuff with Queens, we’re just taking a break since we had a long, long two years of touring. We’ll take a break to do other stuff.”
Shuman is currently focusing on his Mini Mansions project. However, the musician explained that QOTSA were at first keen to start recording the follow-up to 2013’s ‘…Like Clockwork’ straight away, but decided to ‘step back’. He stated: “We were eager because we were in a good spot, having fun and the record had done really well. But we decided to take a break because we had been going so hard for so long, and we really worked on that record for a long time. It’s not like we’re sick of each other and don’t want to do it – it’s just better to step back for a second and come back once the world has had a little bit of a break from you.”
The band played the last show of their ‘…Like Clockwork’ world tour on Halloween last year. The gig saw the band’s former bassist Nick Oliveri reunited with the group for an encore set at The Forum in Los Angeles.