April 28, 2020

Webathon Fundraiser Attracts 350,000+ Viewers

In case you missed the two amazing webathon streams from Coalition affiliate the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, we are bringing you the highlights now.

In two broadcasts totaling nearly 15 hours, the Foundation, in partnership with GMEC, raised thousands of dollars for its SCHOOL’S OUT initiative. School’s Out provides online lessons, instruments, and gear to students and aspiring musicians during quarantine, and other COVID-19 relief charities. 

Hosted by David Ellefson, GRAMMY-winning Megadeth co-founder and bassist, and partner and solo band vocalist, Thom Hazaert, the livestream featured over 40 appearances and performances from artists and celebrities like Alice Cooper, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rhett & Link of Good Mythical Morning, Nita Strauss, Carmine Appice, members of Zac Brown band, Anthrax and Five Finger Death Punch, Larry Thomas (Seinfeld) and the cast of the film Clerks

The webathon drew a combined 350,000 viewers from all over the world.

Check out the highlights:

Daniel de Los Reyes (Zac Brown Band) explains how he is making masks out of drum heads for essential workers, and then John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) and Daniel do an impressive live performance of “Devil in a Mason Jar”
Also in the clip: Thom Hazaert, David Ellefson and Drake Bell

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC) talks about his 1985 release “King of Rock” and his affinity for producing with rock breakbeats and performing with live musicians, and reinventing his sound after Jam Master Jay passed away. 
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC)  talks about backlash from Gene Simmons when Run DMC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and why they ultimately got a pass, he and Charlie from Anthrax talk about a 1986 concert at The Garden that Charlie attended, and incidentally was the night Run DMC got their Adida deal solidified. DMC also extolled the Beastie Boys for their reinterpretation of “Slow and Low,” which was the track that gave rise to Beasties’ License to Ill album. 
Also in the clip: Thom Hazaert, Don Jamieson (comedian) Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Jim Florentine (comedian), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeath)

Drake Bell impromptu performance
Also in the clip: Thom Hazaert, David Ellefson and his daughter Athena 

(Rhett & Link of Good Mythical Morning) Link explains how one of the ways that he and Rhett started to develop creatively was in being in a band together in high school and they may not even be where they are today if they hadn’t done that first. That’s why this is such a worthy cause for them and why they want to encourage the mythical beasts to donate. 
Also in the clip: Thom H and his daughter Jenna and David Ellefson

Thom and David presented Alice Cooper with a “School’s Out” cake in honor of the stream’s namesake which was inspired by Cooper’s 1972 hit record. Cooper talked about being in quarantine and the high point of the day, and which movies you can’t miss. 
Also in the clip: Nita Strauss (Cooper’s guitarist) and Sheryl Cooper

Ray Parker Jr. explains the challenge of writing what became the theme song for Ghostbusters, whose hook “Who You Gonna Call?” became one of the most quintessential lyrics in pop music. 
Also in the clip: Thom H, David E,  Fran Strine (Hired Gun)

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) shares some bits of wisdom about the importance of taking chances, which led him to landing the part in broadway musical Rock of Ages.
Dee Snider explains the connection between Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” and how singing in church paid off. 
Also in the clip: Thom H, David E