Big names joined Eagles of Death Metal's Play It Forward campaign
Elton John, Beck, and The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi are the latest acts to join Eagles of Death Metal’s Play It Forward campaign, in which various musicians cover the band’s Zipper Down single “I Love You All The Time” for charity. This set is the third installment of the project, which benefits victims of the November Paris terrorist attacks that occurred while EODM was performing at Le Bataclan.
Artists like Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, and Florence + The Machine have all joined in since the launch last December. Duran Duran served as the project’s inspiration: When a fan-led campaign launched EODM’s cover of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer” to the top of the UK charts, Simon Le Bon tweeted that they would donate their share of the royalties from the track. EODM soon followed suit, inviting musicians to craft their own “I Love You All the Time” renditions and pledging to put 100 percent of the proceeds back into their Sweet Stuff Foundation, an organization started in 2013 by EODM co-founder Josh Homme.
Last month, EODM returned to Paris to perform for the fans present when the city’s Le Bataclan venue came under attack during the band’s Nov. 13 show. Le Bataclan has yet to reopen, though venue reps wrote on Facebook last month it has plans to do so before the end of 2016. Eagles of Death Metal has spoken about wanting to be the first act to perform when it does.
Listen to the full Play It Forward collection here.