Buckcherry Talks "Aidan Has a Posse" Benefit Show on August 11
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:36:51
Rock 'n' roll can save lives.
That's a proven fact. Buckcherry certainly subscribe to that axiom. On Thursday August 11th, the band will host a special benefit show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY for their friend, six-year-old Aidan Seeger. Aidan is facing a rare brain disease called ALD (adrenoleukodystrohy). The show will raise money for his bone marrow transplant surgery in order to stop the degenerative process. He's courageous beyond words, and Buckcherry and a host of special guests will honor him at the show.
"Aidan Has a Posse" will happen on August 11th, are you going to be there?
For more info click here! In the meantime check out our exclusive interview with Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson about the show and so much more below.
How did everything come together with the Aidan Has a Posse benefit show?
Bobby and Lisa Seeger as well as their kids Sienna and Aidan have been friends of mine and the band's for a number of years long before this. We were getting on a plane to go to Europe about a month and a half ago. As I was boarding the plane I got an email from Bobby with the horrible news, I instantly closed the email and turned to the guys in the band and said, "Hey, Bobby's son is really sick. We should do a benefit show in New York". Everyone was like, "Fuck yeah, let's do what we can do to help these guys out". When we landed, I got on the phone with my agent and manager and said, "This is what I want to do. Let's look at the schedule and find a way to make it work". We landed on August 11th, and we started moving forward pretty blindly actually, but there was a hole in the schedule and we knew this is what we wanted to do. We didn't know how we were going to make it happen, but we just did it.
When did you actually get that e-mail?
It was early July. I kept calling people every day pounding them and saying, "Make this happen". Our agent and management have been so great about jumping on this and knowing it was important to us and to me personally. They really led the charge, doing a lot of work behind the scenes. I play guitar in a rock 'n' roll band; I don't organize benefit shows [Laughs]. There was a lot of work to do, and there's still a lot of work to do. Everyone just jumped in in the name of helping Aidan and the family out. It's been beautiful.
Are benefit shows like this the most rewarding for you to play?
We all made a deal with ourselves where if we get in the position to help somebody out by using our name and the success we've had, it's on us to do that. A couple of us are parents in the band so we understand. It doesn't take much to put yourself in someone else's shoes and say, "If that was my kid; it would be so devastating". It's really nice and gratifying on our end to be able to use our success and our name to help somebody out.
Is organizing the surprises especially fun?
We have an emotional investment in it, but not a lot of people do. Getting people to come out for free and donate their time and their talent isn't easy. We've had a couple of really cool New York bands come forward that were really excited about. There's a great rock band called Pisser coming down for the show, and Toilet Böys are going to reunite for the night which is very exciting. We are going to have a few special guests, and we're trying to find more. We'd love to add more people to the party.
The art also really stands out.
There's a really known graffiti artist named Ewok who's now a fine artist. He designed the poster for the show and t-shirt for the event. He's a phenomenal artist. Ewok and Shepard Fairey are going to do their own separate art exhibition somewhere in the city of Manhattan. It was really cool for us to do it in Brooklyn where the Seegers are from and Aidan lives. We thought it would be really cool to do it in their backyard. Not a lot of bands play in Brooklyn. They just go to Manhattan so we thought it would be really cool to host the event in Williamsburg.
Would an event like this inspire songwriting?
I think life inspires us—just our position in the world. When we started this band out, we were young punks in our twenties. Now, we're a little bit older, and our lives have evolved. We're definitely not the same guys that we were 16 years ago. Events like this mean more to us, and it all goes in the life experience bag which you draw from when you're trying to be creative.
Plus, the show raises awareness.
It's not even a disease that I was aware of. When I talk to people about it, they get it confused with ALS which is better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This is a horrific disease that primarily affects young boys by the age of ten. There's a really high mortality rate. There's no known cure for it, but it can be controlled with bone marrow transplants. There's a bit of chemo therapy that needs to go on before that. I keep in touch with Bobby daily. I know they're down at Duke University right now undergoing the chemo, and Aidan is reacting really well. It's all really positive. They're finding out early, and we're raising money early. Hopefully, all of this momentum will lead to a really positive outcome for them.
Will you be attending the show?