Katy Perry, Billy Corgan, and Sting among Stars to Donate Items for Red Cross Japanese Relief Charity Auction

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EMI’s family of current and former recording artists are holding one of the biggest charity auctions in eBay history to help the Red Cross support victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. An incredible range of stars have donated some fantastic items which you can view at ebay.com/EMIfamily4Japan

Billy Corgan Of The Smashing Pumpkins is donating one of the four original handmade “Zero” shirts he wore for the release and tour of “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”. He commented:

The people of Japan are an incredibly strong and proud people, and their love of life and culture has a profound and positive effect on the way I view my life. There are a million things I wish I could do right now to help soothe the pain and sorrow that so many of our fans and their families experiencing, and my head hurts when I think of the losses they have suffered, and are still suffering. I wanted to contribute to this auction to show my gratitude to the Japanese people and offer something that was particularly meaningful to me. I’m also proud of all the other artists who have pitched in to help, as well as my old label EMI for stepping in to organize and also match donations.”

The first phase of the auction, which runs until April 15, includes items such as a signed set list and 20 piece poster set from Alice in Chains, two tickets and a private meet & greet on Keith Urban’s Closer tour, and Angela Gheorghiu’s kimono costume from Madame Butterfly. The second phase of the auction, which ends April 21, includes items such as Katy Perry’s cupcake trampoline used on stage during her current California dreams world tour; access to a private concert rehearsal by Sting; a signed guitar from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine; and a blouse designed by Catherine Malandrino worn by Rosanne Cash on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2006.

Here’s a list of even more incredible items available for the auction. So please pull out your checkbook and help raise some money for a good cause. I know I’m ready to beat some people down to get that private rehearsal by Sting…

  • Anne Murray 18 holes of golf with Anne Murray at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club course
  • Arcade Fire – four VIP tickets to their Hyde Park show on 30th June 2011
  • B-52s – signed guitar
  • Beach Boys – signed limited edition Pet Sounds plaque, plus hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics to The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” from Brian Wilson
  • The Beatles – the last of an extremely limited edition Schwinn bicycle featuring the ‘Yellow Submarine’ artwork
  • Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) – one of the four original handmade “Zero” shirts worn by Billy Corgan for the release and tour of ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’, with a letter of authenticity signed by Billy
  • Billy Idol – limited edition portrait print by Shepard Fairey, signed by Billy Idol and Shepard Fairey
  • Bret Michaels – signed cowboy hat
  • Chris Tomlin – handwritten and signed lyrics
  • Coldplay – a framed guitar signed by all members of the band and a triple platinum sales award from Canada for ‘Viva La Vida’
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – a personal favourite Prada dress worn by Corinne on her first album tours, along with a note from Corinne
  • Daft Punk – 1987 Ferrari 412, used in the Daft Punk film Electroma
  • David Bowie – 35 albums signed by the artist
  • David Crowder Band – signed Yamaha keytar
  • David Gilmour – three framed and signed prints of David Gilmour in Gdansk, photographed by Anna Wloch, including David, Polly and Lech Walesa, David on stage at soundcheck and a selection of David’s guitars.
  • David Guetta – his Apple MacBook, used to create the demos for his album ‘One Love’.
  • Deadmau5 – his famous diamante mau5head stage costume, autographed, plus VIP tickets to Deadmau5’s live concert in London’s Victoria Park later this year
  • Dean Martin – the opportunity to record a duet with Dino at the world-famous Capitol Studios
  • Duffy – the bicycle used by Duffy in the making of her 2009 Diet Coke commercial
  • Duran Duran – a painting by the band signed by Simon Le Bon
  • A Fine Frenzy – the outfit worn by Alison to the 2011 Grammys, plus the handwritten lyrics to a song of the winning bidder’s choice
  • Gorillaz – limited edition lithograph, with certificate of authenticity, signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn
  • Helene Fischer – a dress worn by Helene on stage
  • Huey Lewis & The News – hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics, plus a personalized gold album award for Greatest Hits, and a VIP concert experience & personal phone call from Huey to the winner
  • Iron Maiden – exclusive limited edition ‘Ed Force One’ A2 print signed by Iron Maiden, two pieces of original Iron Maiden Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud, plus signed Nicko McBrain drumsticks as used on The Final Frontier World Tour
  • Jeff Bridges – signed guitar including a drawing of a symbol that is meaningful to him, “The Seed”
  • JLS – Aston and Ortise’s bowling shirts from the filming of ‘Stars & Strikes’, plus two signed albums
  • Jonas Brothers – signed record bag
  • Juan Luis Guerra – the hat worn on the cover of ‘La Llave De Mi Corazon’, signed by the artist
  • Katy Perry – a cupcake trampoline featured on stage on her current California Dreams tour
  • Kylie Minogue – signed ‘Kylie’ large lettering in white wood, from the ‘Fever’ album promotional campaign
  • Lykke Li – waistcoat worn by Lykke at the Way Out West festival last year
  • Marisa Monte – signed limited edition CD kit
  • Megadeth – a guitar signed by Dave Mustaine
  • Norah Jones – a signed guitar
  • Pat Benatar – Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo autographed B.C. Rich Eagle 1 electric guitar
  • Pet Shop Boys – the Rubik’s Cube jacket worn by Chris Lowe on the US leg of the Pandemonium tour in 2009
  • Philippe Jaroussky – signed and framed gold disc
  • Priscilla Ahn – a watercolor painting created by Priscilla following the Japanese earthquake, entitled ‘Falling, Tumbling, Raindrop Hearts’
  • The Prodigy – Signed Roland tr707 drum machine used by Liam Howlett on ‘Invaders Must Die’, along with a signed 7” limited edition of the single
  • Professor Green – large signed poster of the album art to ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’
  • Rosanne Cash – the blouse designed by Catherine Malandrino that Rosanne wore on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ in 2006, autographed copies of her “Black Cadillac” and “The List” albums, autographed copy of her memoir “Composed,” and two tickets to any concert of the winning bidder’s choice with a meet and greet backstage
  • Scouting For Girls – signed Brits memorabilia
  • Selena – framed commemorative Selena stamp, signed by the Quintanilla family and Chris Perez
  • Simply Red – signed and framed setlist from their last ever gig in Japan
  • Slash – signed Gibson Slash ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Les Paul electric guitar
  • Sting – attend the private rehearsal for Sting’s forthcoming exclusive fanclub-only show at the Apollo Theater in New York featuring the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as VIP tickets to the show itself on the 28th April
  • Tinie Tempah – his pink blazer worn in the video for ‘Frisky’
  • VV Brown – signed megaphone as used on stage
  • Willie Nelson – signed guitar


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