New MusiCares auction features items from Pete Townshend, David Lee Roth, Bob Dylan, Brian May & more

The MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which will raise money for those in the music industry affected by COVID-19, is set to launch on January 31, and the sale will feature items from The Who‘s Pete Townshend, David Lee Roth, Queen‘s Brian May, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx, Joe Walsh and many other music stars.

Townshend has contributed a blue jumpsuit and a long beige coat he wore onstage during The Who’s 2019 tour. A black jacket embroidered with rhinestones that Roth wore during Van Halen‘s 2007-2008 trek also is part of the auction. May has donated a signed black long-sleeved shirt and an autographed photo of him performing at the 2012 Olympics.

Two signed Dylan items are part of the sale: a print featuring handwritten lyrics to “Like a Rolling Stone” on one side and a drawing by Bob on the other, and a hardcover copy of Dylan’s 2004 memoir, Chronicles.

The Foos have donated signed drumheads, as well as a pair of used drumsticks signed by Taylor Hawkins and a set list.  A Nikki Sixx autographed bass guitar and handwritten note is also on the block, as are an autographed Gibson guitar from Walsh and an American Beauty 50th anniversary guitar signed by The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir.

Patti Smith has contributed a collection of books and albums, some of which are signed by the punk singer and poet. Billy Idol‘s handwritten lyrics to his 1990 song “Trouble with the Sweet Stuff” also is up for bid.

Memorabilia that will be offered, but that isn’t posted yet, include guitars, instruments, wardrobe, artwork, and memorabilia donated by Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell.

The auction goes live January 31 at 1 p.m. PT at

By Matt Friedlander and Andrea Dresdale
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