Daniel Johns & Chris Cheney join forces with WSPA & offer signed guitar to help dogs around the world
Two of Australia’s most prominent and successful rock musicians, Daniel Johns and Chris Cheney, have exclusively joined forces to raise funds and awareness for WSPA’s ‘Collars not Cruelty’ a campaign to help improve the lives of tens of thousands of street dogs around the globe. Both musicians are taking part in a competition to win a rockin’ Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar signed by both and kindly donated by The Gibson Foundation.
Chris said, “Typically the only times where Daniel and I reconnect is for something purely for our own benefit, like at a gig or a festival. This is a cause, a mission, a message and something of importance.”
Daniel added, “This is something we could do on a selfless level, as soon as Chris and I heard about WSPA’s campaign and the 20 million dogs brutally slaughtered every year, we knew we had to ‘man up’ and do something about it.”
To enter the competition visit dollarsforcollars.org.au and buy a virtual collar for just $10 and tell us in 25 words or less why dogs mean the world to you. Two exclusive videos will then be unlocked featuring Daniel and Chris, one a more serious insight into the inhumane culling of dogs around the world, the other a candid and fun quiz where Daniel and Chris answer a series of dog-related questions with comical results.
All entries will be judged by Daniel and Chris and the most creative answer will win this fantastic piece of rock history. Each entry and virtual collar bought will donate vital funds to help convince the world to stop killing dogs in response to rabies and will help work with governments to stop the cruelty and instead run effective dog vaccination programmes.
Daniel will also personally sign a copy of Andrew Zuckermann’s acclaimed coffee table book ‘Music’ in which he is featured, as a special runner-up prize. Chris is generously providing a The Living End merchandise pack that includes a signed copy of Guitar Australia Magazine with him on the cover, a signed copy of ‘The Ending is Just the Beginning Repeating’ album, a signed The Living End t-shirt as well as a The Living End iPhone 4 cover, stickers and badges.
WSPA spokesperson Joanna Tuckwell said, “Every year up to 20 million dogs are inhumanely culled across the world - that’s the equivalent of 38 dogs every minute. These dogs are often poisoned, beaten or gassed to death as part of this culling process. Such cruelty is clearly unacceptable and we are proud and excited to have Daniel and Chris join WSPA as ambassadors for the ‘Collars not Cruelty’ campaign.”
Chris concludes, “The vital funds raised at dollarsforcollars.org.au will ensure that WSPA can campaign to let people know that vaccination and not culling, is the solution to the rabies problem. Upon vaccination these dogs are given red collars and communities then know that these dogs are safe from the disease, this is a noble and practical solution and you can help make it a success.”
To buy a virtual collar, unlock exclusive video content and a chance to win the signed guitar, visit dollarsforcollars.org.au.
To see a special teaser video featuring Daniel and Chris visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9DbnJqb0wI
Ben Gillies has taken time out of his busy schedule and agreed to be Special Guest Judge at the finals of the V-Drums Contest. A panel of experts, including Ben Gillies and Johnny Rabb, will see the best six Roland V-drummers from Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head in a live onstage battle.
The winner will go on to represent Australia & New Zealand in the V-Drums International Finals, held at the NAMM Show (Anaheim, California) next year.
It’s not too late to enter – the competition closes at 5pm on 31st August 2011. If you think you have what it takes, and want the chance for Ben Gillies and/or Johnny Rabb to give you advice on your playing, enter here.
Because Daniel loves all dogs (and not just his own), he has lent his support to an innovative campaign by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to help save them from a cruel death.
Please visit www.dollarsforcollars.org.au to see what Daniel has to say about the campaign.
Daniel recently took part in a special project for the Sydney Opera House. He joined an amazing cast of musicians including Neil Finn, Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly, Martha Wainwright & the Australian Chamber Orchestra interpreting Nick Cave's iconic song, The Ship Song.
You can check it out at www.theshipsongproject.com
Thanks to everyone who voted for our albums in Triple J's Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time. To have every single album we've ever released in the final poll is beyond amazing.
Huge thanks again for all your love and support :) x
A video has been made public of the recent TEDx filmed event featuring Daniel Johns, who in collaboration with film maker Josh Wakely, talk about Josh's next production - a musical feature "My Mind's Own Melody" which he has developed and created with Daniel.
TEDxSydney featured a selection of Australia's leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading LIVE ... as well as online to the world at large. TED is a not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design.
Visit TEDx for more info.
We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop.
Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into "indefinite hibernation" and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.
We assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. In fact we've been struggling with it for quite a while now.
Back in 2009 we went into the studio to start work on a record. Initially things were going well and as a result we did some shows in 2010 to maintain creative momentum. However, over the months that followed in the studio it became clear to us that we were moving in different directions. Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it's become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn't there between the three of us at the moment.
As a result we've decided to put the band into 'a deep sleep' while we all do other things that we find more inspiring right now. This means that Silverchair won't be making music together or playing shows any time soon. It also means that the three of us won't be working together unless and until it feels right again.
We understand some of you may be disappointed by this news but we really see it as a liberating and positive step for us at this point in our lives.
We also want to make it really clear that this decision has been made with the best possible intentions. We've always tried our hearts out to make the best music we could possibly make at the time - regardless of commercial consequences.
The three of us still truly care about each other. At the moment Ben’s busy in the studio recording his own music, Chris is working on various business, musical and charitable ventures while Daniel is creating a film soundtrack and working on other musical projects. We hope you'll continue to take an interest in our individual work over the years ahead.
In closing we'd like to acknowledge all the people 'behind the scenes' who've helped us keep this train on the tracks since we first started playing in a garage. There are too many to name but they know who they are and we truly appreciate all their love and hard work.
Above all though we want to thank you for all your support in good times and bad. You've put up with our long breaks between albums, our constantly changing musical styles and lots more. The unbelievable loyalty we've been shown by you our audience, and our friends, has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. That’s why we wanted to tell you first.
With Sincere Thanks For Your Understanding.
Daniel, Ben and Chris
Starlight brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and their families throughout Australia.
To make a donation or to find out how you can support the Starlight Children’s Foundation visit www.starlight.org.au or call 1300 727 827.
TEDxSydney will build on a successful TEDxSydney 2010, and feature a selection of Australia's leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading LIVE ... as well as online to the world at large.
The announcement of the 2011 Speakers & Performers lineup includes Daniel Johns, who in collaboration with film maker Josh Wakely will be part of the line up talking about Josh's next production - a musical feature My Mind's Own Melody which he has developed and created with Daniel.
TED is a not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design.
At the free-but-invitation-only one day event at CarriageWorks in Redfern on Saturday 28 May 2011, a "curated" group of 800 changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creative souls, cultural leaders and social pioneers will witness a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises.
Tickets cannot be purchased for this events. Entry via Applications only.
Applications to attend TEDxSydney 2011 LIVE are now open. If you'd like to apply for a seat in the theatre, please do that HERE.
Applications close on 15 April 2011 and applicants will be notified before the end of the month.