TesseracT guitarist joins Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride
The line-up for the Heavy Metal Truants Download Festival Charity Bike Ride has been bolstered by the addition of TesseracT guitarist James Monteith. He joins the likes of Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, Classic Rock Editor-In-Chief Scott Rowley, Metal Hammer Editor Alexander Milas, Trivium’s Paolo Gregoletto, Ben from Young Guns, Paradise Lost frontman Nick Holmes, Wyatt Wendells from Planet Rock Radio and Prog Editor Jerry Ewing for an event that is set to help some excellent causes.
“I used to cycle regularly but haven’t had the opportunity for a while, so with this in mind – and, of course, the chance to do some good – I jumped at the chance to be involved,” says Monteith. “Of course, the main reason for this is to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline, who are actively changing the lives of young people who need help the most, and Nordoff Robbins, who are using the power of music in an amazing way. Definitely worth the effort!”
“We’re delighted that James will be joining us for three days hard labour, toil and pain,” adds Prog mag’s Ewing. “However I can’t help but express my amusement that, given James’ height, he will be undertaking the entire journey on a Penny Farthing!”
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the state of Jerry by the time we hit Donnington,” counters Monteith. “I have a feeling he’ll suffer. I reckon the Nick Holmes’ bellowing voice will simply command his bike forward, so it’ll be a breeze for him.”
On June 12 at 9am, the gang will be riding 161 miles from London’s Alexandra Palace all the way to Donington Park for Download 2013, pulling into the festival around lunchtime on June 14, just in time to see the likes of Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Korn.
All proceeds from the ride will go to three charities: Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
“Metal fans are concerned about stuff like this – we’re an active crowd,” notes Rod. “Metal fans get off their asses and do things. It’s communal, a fraternity, and I hope this opportunity will be appealing to them.”
Heavy Metal Truants have received a groundswell of support from the industry, bands, and fans alike, and sponsored riders have signed up from Parlophone, Sony Music , Universal/EMI, BMG Rights, 5B Artist Management, Raw Power, Phantom, The Agency and a host of other industry heavyweights.
For a £250 entry fee that will cover the cost of hiring a bike plus hotels and food for all three days, you can join in the fun, getting to ride alongside awesome bands and industry heavyweights, all while raising a nice bit of money for charity. DONATE NOW AT https://www.justgiving.com/HMTruant
Head to www.heavymetaltruants.com for more info and to find out how YOU can join the ride. As an added bonus, everyone who joins us will get themselves a pair of tickets to this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. On yer bikes!
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