A MESSAGE FROM MIKE PORTNOY:
"This past October, one of my closest friends (I am his daughter's Godfather) had a tragic accident at work and fell down an elevator shaft.
"This accident has left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down and he will likely now be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
"This tragic and unexpected turn of events has permanently changed not only his life, but all of his family and friends around him.
"For us all to adapt to such a life changing incident is something that will take time, patience and love.
"It breaks my heart to see him and his family suffer and the reality is that it is leaving him in a situation where he can no longer provide for his family financially.
"My first instinct was to wonder "what can I do to help?"
"Although nothing I can do will ever get him up and walking again, I wanted to at least do SOMETHING to try and raise some monetary help for him and his family in this horrible time of need and transition.
"So I decided to gather some signatures on one of my cymbals from some of my friends in the business who all immediately volunteered to help for the cause.
"This amazing one of a kind collector's item contains signatures from members of some of the greatest bands in hard rock and heavy metal including:
BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, VAN HALEN, GUNS N ROSES, DEEP PURPLE, ANTHRAX, SLAYER, MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, DREAM THEATER, QUEENSRYCHE, ALICE IN CHAINS, SCORPIONS, WHITESNAKE, KORN & many more!
"Included on the cymbals are:
ABE LABORIEL JR (Paul McCartney)
BILLY SHEEHAN (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs, David Lee Roth, PSMS)
BRIAN TICHY (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, S.U.N.)
CARMINE APPICE (Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy, Blue Murder)
CHARLIE BENANTE (Anthrax)
DAVE LOMBARDO (Slayer)
DAVID ELLEFSON (Megadeth)
DEREK SHERINIAN (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion, Billy Idol, PSMS)
DOUG ALDRICH (Whitesnake, Dio)
EDDIE JACKSON (Queensryche)
EDDIE TRUNK (That Metal Show)
FRANK BELLO (Anthrax)
GARY HOLT (Exodus, Slayer)
GEEZER BUTLER (Black Sabbath)
GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion)
JAMES KOTTACK (Scorpions)
JEREMY COLSON (Steve Vai, Billy Idol)
JOHN TEMPESTA (The Cult, Testament, Exodus, Rob Zombie)
JONATHAN MOVER (Joe Satriani)
MIKE INEZ (Alice In Chains, Ozzy)
MIKE PORTNOY (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs, PSMS, Avenged Sevenfold)
NICKO MCBRAIN (Iron Maiden)
PAUL BOSTAPH (Testament, Slayer)
RAY LUZIER (Korn)
RUSSELL ALLEN (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X)
SCOTT IAN (Anthrax)
SEVEN ANTONOPOULOS (Opiate For The Masses)
SIMON PHILLIPS (Jeff Beck, Toto, The Who)
STEVEN ADLER (Guns N Roses)
WILLIE ADLER (Lamb Of God)
WOLFGANG VAN HALEN (Van Halen)
YAEL (Ugly Kid Joe)
"HERE are the photos of each artist signing the cymbal to verify the cymbal's authenticity as well!
"I've decided to make this fundraiser a raffle (rather than an auction) in order to give EVERYBODY a fair, affordable shot at winning this item.
"An auction would simply go to the richest bidder... a raffle will give anybody willing to donate $10 per raffle a shot (but you can buy as many raffles as you'd like!)
"I hope you can all find it in your hearts to donate for this cause and purchase at least one $10 raffle for a shot at winning this incredible piece of Rock n Roll history... but more importantly, help a man and his family in their time of need!
"Thank you everybody!!
"And remember, (more appropriately than ever): CARPE DIEM"
- Mike Portnoy
Get your raffle tickets HERE!