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Eagles of Death Metal announce ‘Play it Forward’ charity campaign

Eagles of Death Metal have announced a “Play it Forward” campaign to raise funds for charity in the wake of last month’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris — which included an attack on the venue Le Bataclan during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal.

Recently, the band announced that their publishing royalties from covers of their song “I Love You All the Time” will be donated to the Sweet Stuff Foundation — a charity founded by band member Josh Homme to support musicians in need. The band have now given the charity campaign an official name — “Play it Forward” — and launched a website featuring cover versions of the song by artists including Florence + the Machine (featuring the Maccabees), My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, and more.

Tonight on The Current from 10 – 11 p.m., Jim McGuinn will host a special episode of Rock and Roll Radio devoted entirely to covers of “I Love You All the Time.” Local band BNLX have already released their cover; we expect there will be many more versions to come.

“I made a plea to artists and business people alike to come together to use our solidarity as proof that we are stronger together, and that we can make a difference,” said Homme in a press release. “We are proud to be a little part of such a big group of talent and good will. We can’t thank these artists enough for their donations of talent, love, time, and compassion. Now, the Play It Forward Campaign is in the hands of the fans to help us make a difference, and to help those affected by this tragedy. Please listen, purchase, play, and enjoy – and know that every time you do, you’re doing the sweet stuff that makes that difference.”

Sampling of cover versions posted to YouTube

Here is just a sample of covers of “I Love You All the Time” that have already been posted to YouTube — some by well-known bands, some by not-so-well-known artists, all of them sincere.