We’re still having a hard time believing that it’s December already, and yet, here we are, with the toy drives and charity gigs to prove it.  We’ve dedicated this issue to telling you about the good works that our tributes are doing, and to ask you to support their efforts by attending at least one of these shows.

Our first holiday charity event of the season will be kicked off by Baroness (Queen) with support from their sister act, cover band Star League at The Last Concert Cafe. The event starts at 8:00 pm, and 100% of your $10 entry and any donations made at the show will go to The Montrose Center to help bring some holiday warmth and cheer to local LGBTQ homeless youths.” (Emphasis ours.)

Possibly the most ambitious in its undertaking is A Tribute To Live Aid. Conceived by Harold Espendez (Queen Legacy, Blond-ish), the show will feature SIX Houston tributes and attempt to recreate the energy, the look, and the sounds of what was quite possibly the greatest charity event ever, Live Aid. A portion of the proceeds will be going to The Houston Food Bank.

The night kicks off at 8:00 pm at The Continental Club with Into The Groove (Madonna), followed by Radio Duran (Duran Duran), ‘Lectric Eye (David Bowie), Blood Red Sky (U2), Queen Legacy (Queen), Von Hindenburg (Led Zeppelin), and culminates in a Band Aid set, which will presumably see members from all of the participating tributes take the stage. As a bonus event, Von Hindenburg will be performing Led Zeppelin II 50th Anniversary from 11:55 pm – 1:30 am.

Hardwired To Kill ‘Em All (Metallica), People Of The Sun (RATM), and Soggy Bizkit (Limp Bizkit), in conjunction with Rock N Rays, are playing for toys. Two unwrapped toys or a $10 donation, to be specific, will get you in the door for a night of festivities, and, more importantly, will benefit Child Advocates, who will distribute the toys to Houston-area abused children in foster care.

As an interesting aside, HTKEA, in conjunction with the Houston chapter of Metallica’s fan club, Space City Puppets, has procured backing for the event from Blackened Whiskey, a collaboration between Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and Metallica. Each batch of whiskey is finished in black brandy casts, while being sonically pummeled by the music of Metallica – each batch has its own playlist! There will be chances to win Blackened merch and we hear there will be whiskey on hand, as well.

On the 13th of December, three more Houston tributes are taking part in a toy drive – The 1st Annual Punk Rock Christmas – at The Pub Galleria. 138 Revamp (Misfits)Road II Ruin (Ramones), and 50 Shades of Green Day (Green Day) will be rocking your face off for a good cause. Bring an unwrapped toy and get in for $5. Scrooges without toys will be charged $10. Kids 12 and under get in free! (Mandy of Road II Ruin is making the kids treat bags – that’s way better than a plain autograph!)


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