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This time last year, Eagles Of Death Metal urged musicians and bands around the world to cover their Zipper Down song “I Love You All the Time” in a bid to raise money for the victims of the Paris attacks.
Eighty-nine people were killed by gunmen at the band’s gig at Le Bataclan music venue on November 2015 including their merch seller Nick Alexander. The venue was the worst hit during a series of of violent attacks in the French capital. A total of 130 people were killed and around 350 injured.
Since the campaign started a slew of renditions were released through their website. Florence and the Machine, Elton John, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, and Jimmy Eat World were just some of the artists who’ve contributed covers. The last of the covers was released in July of this year. Find the contributors here, and stream some of the covers below.
Josh Homme released a statement about the covers:
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. 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.
All proceeds from the tracks were donated to charity.