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Jamming for a cause: 70000 Tons of Metal is auctioning an all-star jam guitar


Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise set sail February 2-6, 2017, marking the seventh consecutive sellout for 70000TONS OF METAL™.

Priding themselves as being an International Heavy Metal Family at Sea, 70000TONS OF METAL™ 2017 sailed with Metalheads from an astounding 74 different countries who enjoyed a luxury Caribbean cruise leaving from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Labadee, Haiti and back.

With 61 acts representing practically every genre of Metal, playing 123 shows across 4 stages, 70000TONS OF METAL™ has been noted as the biggest and best Heavy Metal Cruise, with one of the highlights being Jamming With Waters In International Waters. Hosted by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, the official 70000TONS OF METAL™ All Star Jam once again wrote a new chapter in Heavy Metal History when a spectacular lineup of the musicians on board 70000TONS OF METAL™ 2017 teamed up to perform classic Metal Anthems!

Prior to sailing there was a lot of online discussion amongst Sailors about what they could do to provide aid to those in need in Haiti, which inspired the crew at 70000TONS OF METAL™ to make their own contribution - they will be auctioning off a very unique Michael Schenker 2004 model Dean Guitar, which was signed by the world class artists who participated in the jam: Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), Jeff Waters / Fabio Alessandrini / Rich Hinks / Aaron Homma (ANNIHILATOR), Charlie Benante / Frank Bello / Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Ben Ash (CARCASS), Mark Osegueda / Will Carroll (DEATH ANGEL), Lisa Cuthbert (DRACONIAN), Jon Gallagher (DYING FETUS), Van Williams (GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS), Axel Ritt (GRAVE DIGGER), Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL), Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY), Fabio D'Amore (SERENITY), Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO), Alex Skolnick / Steve DiGiorgio / Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT), Thomas Vikström / Linnéa Vikström (THERION), Russ Bergquist (TOUCH THE SUN), and Steven Wussow / Philip Restemeier (XANDRIA).

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the people of Haiti via Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for- profit humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies by delivering medicines and medical supplies to people in all 50 U.S. states and in 80 countries. Since 2010, Direct Relief has provided over $204 million in critically needed medical aid to over 200 healthcare facilities and organizations caring for Haiti’s most vulnerable communities. For more information about Direct Relief please visit www.directrelief.org.

The 70000TONS OF METAL™ Dean Guitar Auction for Haiti began March 5, running until March 12 at 20:00 CET For more information and to submit your bid, please visit this location.

70000Tons of Metal™ 2018 destination announced 70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail its eighth voyage to Cockburn Town, on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sailing from February 1st to February 5th, 2018 on board the 154,000ton luxury cruise ship, The Independence of the Seas.

This Caribbean dream destination is situated on Grand Turk, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos’ Islands archipelago and has a plethora of things to explore. Take a ride on a Dune Buggy Safari, ride ‘n swim on horseback, go kayaking, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, get up and close with stingrays in their natural environment, or journey to the historic Grand Turk Lighthouse! 70000TONS OF METAL™ even offers the chance to explore this pristine island with your favorite Artists with their Artist Escorted Shore Excursions!

For Metalheads from around the World, this life-changing event truly has no comparison... it's like everyone has an All-Access backstage pass! Fans onboard 70000TONS OF METAL™ get unrestricted festival access to all 120 live performances, signing sessions, intimate Artist Clinics, exclusive album premiere listening sessions… and that’s just the start. Sailors enjoy two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with World Class Artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean!

Artist lineup and on-sale dates for 70000TONS OF METAL™ 2018 have not yet been announced. Keep your eyes on the Official 70000TONS OF METAL™ website and social media pages (@70000tons) for an impending announcement.