November 10, 2017
Super-group MUSE, from Teignmouth, completed their highly-acclaimed Drones Tour this year. Drones, won a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album” and the world-wide tour that followed its release took their stage show to new heights of innovation and acclaim, confirming their regular designation as “best live act in the world”
When Helen Kirk died after a road accident on Boxing Day 2005, the three members of MUSE – Matt Bellamy, Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme – were devastated. They knew Helen well, often being in the home of their friend, and their future Media Manager, Tom Kirk. Following the launch of The Helen Foundation, set up in honour of Helen, the three musicians readily agreed to become Patrons. And over the years the band has donated unique memorabilia to THF.
Following their final appearance on 15th April 2016 at the London 02 arena – that with an audience of over 20,000 broke new audience records for a show at the venue – the band donated signed t-shirts and drumsticks to the charity.
These t-shirts show the MUSE trio’s portraits with original signatures of all 3 band members. The charity has had them professionally framed to “conservation standard” by Dawlish-based The Framing Lot. This item is currently for auction on charity eBay – auction closes Tuesday 7th November – together with the two Vic Firth American Jazz VFAJ2 drumsticks (one used, and signed by drummer Dominic Howard) with the second drumstick a spare from Dominic, unused, to make up a matching pair.
All proceeds from the auction will go to support THF. The current auction on eBay lasts until 7th November and has already reached its £700 reserve price. To keep track of the auction, or to bid, click here.
The by-line of the charity is “Dare to Dream”. Roger Kirk, Chairman of The Helen Foundation, says, “Trustees are truly grateful for the continuing support of MUSE and wish all those taking an interest – and bidding! – a very happy lead up to the Christmas season.”