Extreme music communities unite around current BAT/former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin with “Restoring Life” benefit.
Members of LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and GOATWHORE are generously offering rare collectibles for silent auction and raffle during the “RESTORING LIFE” benefit for current BAT / former D.R.I. drummer FELIX GRIFFIN happening in AUSTIN, TEXAS next FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 at GRIZZLY HALL. Members of EXHORDER, BIG BOYS, JUNKYARD, THROWRAG, FUCKEMOS, and THE CHUMPS are also contributing music memorabilia in the hopes of raising money to help Griffin in the rebuilding process after a January 20 house fire claimed all of Griffin’s worldly possessions, including his drum set and irreplaceable family heirlooms.
As word of the blaze originally circulated on social media, stunned metal and punk communities rallied. Supporters in both rock factions were already in protective mode of Griffin, who is still suffering the loss of his beloved daughter, JORDAN GRIFFIN, killed in a tragic auto accident less than a year ago in April. Griffin was without homeowner’s insurance.
A GoFundMe account was established by friends while artists, including CHEETAH CHROME and JOHNNY BLITZ of the DEAD BOYS and DANGEROUS TOYS frontman JASON MCMASTER, offered their services for a benefit. “RESTORING LIFE” was then organized by GWAR B-Q Event Manager, TAMMY MOORE.
Along with Chrome, Blitz, and McMaster’s IGNITOR, RYAN WASTE of MUNICIPAL WASTE will perform with Griffin in BAT, marking the band’s first Texas appearance, at the event. ZERO PERCENT, OMEGAWOLF, and GASHGASM round out the concert.
NOFX drummer ERIK SANDIN gifted Griffin with one his own drum sets. Grizzly Hall and associated production costs are being donated by ATX metal promoters COME AND TAKE IT PRODUCTIONS.
ARTISTS and BUSINESSES wishing to DONATE items for the cause can CONTACT Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary donations can be made here: www.gofundme.com/help-felix-griffin-from-house-fire.
More artists and entities contributing art, goods, and services include tattoo artist Leopard Larry, Craig and Rose Holloway, Scott and Tiffany Ferguson, Angelo Gomez, Jamie Lee AmeriKill, Lila Claytor-Stevens, Grav Labs, Texas Fine Artists, Alex Kilgore, Stephen Sean Powell, Steve “Slayer Hippy” Hanford, John John Montelongo, Sara Seven, Naomi Rosen, Kimberly Davis Pruitt, Allison D. Gordan, and Kortni Savell.
All contributions are monumentally appreciated.
For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/418264511839338.
In other BAT news, the band will continue on in Texas after the benefit, playing Houston on March 12th. Event info can be found HERE. Still hot is the band’s first video, “Beware of the BAT,” which can be viewed in its entirety at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc-QqvQGRwY.