A couple of KISS guitars are being auctioned off for a good cause.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have each donated instruments to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity co-founded by the Who's Roger Daltrey (who also launched Teen Cancer America). Simmons is offering up one of his signed Cort axe-shaped basses, while Stanley`s Ibanez PS 120 guitar is autographed by all four KISS members. The high bidders will also receive a pair of tickets and an opportunity to meet KISS backstage during its Sunday (June 14) appearance at the U.K.'s Download Festival.
In a statement, Stanley says that, "Teenage Cancer Trust does a much-needed job of focusing attention and assisting teens in their struggles and battles with the devastating impact of cancer. I actively support this much needed cause and ask all to participate in any way possible." Simmons adds that, "You must always give back whenever you have a chance. Always be aware that not everybody is as lucky as we are, which is why we wanted to donate these signed guitars. Do what you can, help save a life."
The auction will be conducted via the Teenage Cancer Trust's eBay page through Wednesday (June 10). KISS wraps its European tour on June 22 in Spain and will visit Australia during October.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.