“The senseless and violent terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris have left us all unsettled,” band member Josh Homme wrote in an open letter on Nov. 30, reports RollingStone. “We dare not give another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power.” Instead, the band wants everyone to focus not on death, but on life and love.
“We are asking for you to cover our song, ‘I Love You All The Time,'” Josh wrote. “For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100% of the publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.”
This case of “Play It Forward” is the band’s idea of “show[ing] solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide.” It doesn’t matter if the cover version is “Soul or R&B; Hip Hop or Hippy; Garage, Goth, Country, Punk or Pop; Death Metal or DJ,” writes Josh. If you don’t know how to play an instrument, you can donate directly to the charity here.
So far, My Morning Jacket and The Dean Ween Group have covered the song, reports The Guardian. This campaign is similar to the one started by Duran Duran, who vowed to donate all royalties from the sale of their song, “Save a Prayer” to charity. Eagles Of Death Metal covered the song on their album, Zipper Down, which you can buy on Amazon here.
The band was onstage at the Bataclan theatre in Paris when armed terrorists came in and started firing. Nearly 100 people were killed, including the band’s merch manager, Nick Alexander. In their first interview since the attacks, Jesse Hughes and Josh said that many people died while saving their friends.
Our thoughts continue to go out to those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and across the world.