Sugar Ray, STP, Kid Rock, Others Put Stuff On The Block For Charity

You know you want it.

It could be a signed drum head from Stone Temple Pilots. It might be a jacket autographed by Kid Rock. Or even the drum set that Phil Collins played at Live Aid in 1985 as he backed up both Eric Clapton and the reunion of former Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Artifacts you'd love to call your very own but are too expensive to spend all that coin on, given the number of deserving charities that need your money more than you need that autograph.

Now you have an excuse to empty your bank account with a clear conscience, as these rock and roll treasures, and many others, are going on the online auction block for a worthy charity: the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, which funds the use of improvisational music as a means of communication in treating children with autism and other severe disabilities.

The auction, which takes place at atlanticauction.cdnow.com,

coincides with the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation's twelfth annual benefit event, which will take place in New York next week. At the event, Phil Collins and his manager Tony Smith will be presented with the charity's Silver Clef Award, which in years past has gone to the likes of The Who, Neil Young, Aerosmith, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Items will be auctioned off over the next few weeks, and here's what will be available when:

  • Week One (already started, ends 11/8): Hootie And The Blowfish signed lithograph Autographed Sugar Ray fishing hat Stone Temple Pilots signed drum head Matchbox 20 autographed studio sheet
  • Week Two (11/9 - 11/15): Stone Temple Pilots complete CD collection (autographed) Edwin McCain signed lyric sheet Kid Rock autographed jacket "Hedwig And The Angry Inch" stage prop
  • Week Three (11/16 - 11/22): Phil Collins drum set played at Live Aid 1985 Autographed Brandy platinum record award Autographed script from "South

    Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Beethoven's Nine Symphonies box set (autographed)

  • Week Four (11/23 - 11/29): Jimmy Page/Robert Plant autographed Gibson Les Paul guitar Pete Townshend guitar Hootie And The Blowfish signed lithograph Framed and signed "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" Hirschfeld illustration Michael Crawford's "Phantom Of The Opera" mask

-- Brian Ives