August 24, 2014: Kiss Army fanatics and Hagar Redheads take notice: Here’s your chance to own a signed guitar (Hagar) or a whole band’s worth of signed goodies (Kiss). Hagar and Kiss, as well as the Goo Goo Dolls, Maroon 5, Weezer, and Rick Springfield have all contributed signed guitars and more -- Springfield put up a pair of signed Converse Chuck Taylors -- to an auction benefitting rock and roll guitar tech Ruben Velasco in his fight against cancer and his resulting medical bills.
The auction runs through Wednesday, August 27 at 1 p.m. PT (that’s California time for our worldwide followers) and is being handled by If Only, an online charity and celebrity meet and greet auction site. Get there now (link below) to check out the auction and place your bid.
Hagar’s contribution is a signed red Epiphone Les Paul. Kiss put up an entire collection of instruments and gear, including an Epiphone Les Paul (and case) signed by Tommy Thayer, a Kiss Pearl Snare Drum signed by drummer Eric Singer, an axe-shaped bass guitar signed by Gene Simmons, and a Washburn Starfire guitar signed by Paul Stanley.
The Goo Dolls, Maroon 5, and Weezer all put their signatures on Fender Squier Strats (Goo Goo Dolls and Weezer) or a Mini Strat (Maroon 5).
At press time the high bids were at $7,000 for the Kiss collection and $3,000 for the Hagar Les Paul. Someone probably already has Springfield’s well-worn (that means used) Chuck Taylors locked up at $601, unless you really, really need a new pair of high tops. Bidding is wide open on the other guitars, with minimum bids ranging from $1,250 (Goo Goo’s) to $1,500 (Maroon 5) to $2,000 (Weezer) not having been met yet.
Remember, this is all for a good cause and a great dude -- that's guitar tech Ruben posing with Kiss in the photo above. And if for some reason, you’re hankering for something, let’s say, a little more extravagant than some rock and roll memorabilia, let us point out that If Only is also auctioning off a hot air balloon expedition over Mt. Everest. Opening bid is $4,800,000. Let us know if we can be your “plus-one” on that.
-- Adam St. James