Queens of the Stone Age will broadcast a previously-unseen archival set next Friday, November 13 to raise funds for two charitable organizations created in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The coordinated attacks took the lives of 130 people across the city on November 13, 2015, including 89 victims at the Bataclan theater, who were attending or working at a sold-out Eagles of Death Metal show.
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who was not present at the Bataclan show, is the co-founder and drummer of the Eagles of Death Metal, alongside frontman and guitarist Jesse Hughes.
Donations from the stream will benefit the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust, named for the Eagles of Death Metal’s beloved merch manager, who was killed during the attacks. The NAMT honors Alexander’s passion for music by issuing grants for musical equipment – particularly to underserved communities across the UK. Fans’ donations will also fund Life for Paris, a French non-profit which was established to support victims of the attacks, and families of the victims, through a variety of services.
QOTSA will broadcast previously unseen live footage from @monamuseum, Tasmania, in aid of @NickAlexanderMT & @lifeforparis charities. It will be available for a limited time beginning 9am (LA), 5pm (London) & 6pm (Paris) on Friday Nov. 13th.
— QOTSA (@qotsa) November 9, 2020
The 2018 acoustic set, which will begin streaming at 9:00 am PST on the band’s YouTube channel, was captured at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and will be available only for a limited time.
“This show was originally to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Hobart, Tasmania, and we’re pleased it has a second chance to do some good,” said Homme in a statement. “2020 is a really messed up year, and people in need need you more than ever. Donate what you can, if you can.”
Nick Alexander’s sister, who founded the NAMT, said “The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust is dedicated to connecting communities through music and this year more people than ever have needed the collective expressive experience that music brings. We’re hugely grateful to Queens of the Stone Age for supporting our work by providing this incredible footage to raise funds for NAMT and Life for Paris and giving us all a much-needed sense of rock & roll connection as we navigate through these times.”
Arthur Denouveaux, President of Life for Paris, commented, “Due to the current lockdown, victims and their families won’t be able to stand together in Paris during commemorations this year. This show premiering on November 13 means our community will be together sharing the same music at the same time. This is the best testimony to the importance of the arts in challenging times.”
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