Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bands' Support of Child Abuse Awareness Month

From Billboard Magazine

California rockers Buckcherry have announced a new campaign aimed at fighting child abuse. This effort will coincide with the month-long awareness activities of April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month culminating with a benefit show on May 15 at The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza to benefit Childhelp, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping child abuse victims.

Joining Buckcherry that evening are Pop Evil and Royal Bliss. Tickets go on sale on Friday morning and can be purchased at This benefit offers fans a unique opportunity to see the bands in a small setting for a special cause.

Todd says Childhelp is "the best web site I've found as far as helping kids that have been through" abuse and adds that in addition to awareness he and his bandmates "just hope that maybe people will donate money and help the people who are helping out these kids ... so they have a shot at a good life."

The band will build awareness for the cause and for available help for victims through interviews with the media and at their shows via on-stage announcements and printed literature from Childhelp.

"If we can reach and save just one child or even their abuser from joining the terrible cycle of violence and abuse, then I will do whatever I can to support them. As a father, I can't bear to think of children being abused, and knowing that we will help point them in a direction where they can get help is very important to us," says Buckcherry's Josh Todd.

Adds Keith Nelson, "We hope that by standing up and saying 'This is not ok; there is help out there,' we can make an impact. April will take on a new meaning for me and the band, knowing that it brings attention to child abuse prevention."

Buckcherry has recorded an acoustic version of Rescue Me as a Public Service Announcement for child abuse prevention, available at their website and The PSA also promotes the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 422-4453.

Rescue Me and A Child Called "It," from the CD Black Butterfly, were inspired by Dave Pelzer's book A Child Called "It", one of three young-readers memoirs he wrote about his experience with child abuse. "We were on vacation and my oldest daughter (then 13) was reading (the book)," Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd tells "I was really, really inspired by this guy's perseverance to get through all that and have somewhat of a normal life. I just wanted to do the book justice and draw some attention to it."

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