Dave Grohl Teams with Reverb Gives to Auction Signed Gear

By Jim Barber 10/9/18 | www.samaritanmag.com

Dave Grohl — photo credit: Andrew Stuart
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has partnered with online music gear retailer Reverb.com to raise funds for the Reverb Gives. The program provides instruments and other musical gear for music teachers and music program co-ordinators throughout the United States to help encourage kids who may not have the wherewithal to purchase or rent instruments to pursue their musical dreams.

Grohl autographed a number of musical items, including guitars and drums, which will be auctioned off via Reverb.com starting on Oct. 9, and running until Oct. 21. The gear is being donated by top instrument manufacturers such as DW Drums, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Ludwig, Made by Maple and Zildjian.

“Seeing my own kids start to play music and take lessons brings me back to the time when I was their age, chipping away at it and learning from my mistakes,” said Grohl said a press release. “It’s a lifelong obsession, but at the end of the day – just like any kid – the reward is just to play.”

The page dedicated to Grohl’s initiative on the Reverb website, explains the extent of the items being donated to the auction.

“Starting Tuesday, October 9, fans can bid on brand-new pieces of the gear that mirror the instruments Grohl used to make PLAY, donated by DW Drums, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Ludwig, Masters Of Maple, and Zildjian—and signed by the musician himself. Being that PLAY is Grohl’s mini-documentary celebrating the rewards and challenges of dedicating one’s life to mastering a musical instrument, it’s only fitting that the proceeds from this auction will be going to benefit organizations that help young generations of new musicians ‘just play,’” it says.

The event follows closely on the heels of Grohl’s ambitious musical multi-media project PLAY.

“In August, Grohl released ‘PLAY’ a two-part mini-documentary that celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating one’s life to mastering a musical instrument and culminates in a 23-minute, one-man-band instrumental song performed live by Grohl on seven different instruments,” said release. “In conjunction with the project, recording studios around the country donated session time to young musicians. In support of musicians like these, Grohl is auctioning a collection of signed instruments that mirror the musical equipment used to create ‘PLAY.’”

Reverb.com was launched in 2013 and has become a top online retailer where musicians can buy and sell new, used, vintage and handmade musical equipment and instruments, and was “founded on the principle that buying and selling musical instruments should be easy and affordable. Since then, we’ve become a thriving marketplace that connects millions of people around the world to the hear and the inspiration needed to make music,” said the website.

Reverb Gives is the charitable arm of the company, and uses an in-house currency called Reverb Bucks, which are donated to music programs that are approved for assistance. They can be redeemed at any of the 30,000 music shops on the site that support Reverb payment processes. A portion from every sale made through Reverb.com goes to fund Reverb Gives.

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