Seven Charities That Show Headbangers Have The Biggest Hearts

Slash was at the launch of the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc.
Slash was at the launch of the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc.
Photo supplied from the Foundation's album

So I know that everyone thinks that the heavy metal lifestyle revolves around be sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- but really, that mentality is pretty cliché. Overstated. Presumptuous.

Then again, I've clearly never been a rock star; but the majority of the ones I interview are more obsessed with their musical proficiency, the state of the industry today, and how heavy metal can make the world a better place. Nowadays, it's commonplace to hear about huge charitable music festivals, nonprofits started by people like Bono and Madonna, and musicians supporting a cause close to their heart.

And by the way; it might surprise your grandmother (mine doesn't believe me), but metal-heads are not exempt from charitable giving. It's not as bad as it used to be, but I'm so sick and tired of heavy metal being stereotyped as a collection of people who have no regard for society or the problems in it. Hell -- half the music is actually about that. Listen up, people!

So I decided to list seven charities founded and established by a heavy metal band or musician that stand for a range of causes, from Alice Cooper's redemption of failing music programs at children's schools, to cancer research in the name of Dio, to Slash's affinity for animal conservation.

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Whatever the case, here's to heavy metal's big-ass heart making the world a little bit better of a place.

Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

The loss of Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010 from stomach cancer, was a huge hit to the world of heavy metal. This fund was co-founded by his widow Wendy Dio (one of my personal favorite women in heavy metal), and in addition to funding research, the organization's mission is also to educate the masses about prevention, early detection and treatment of the different forms of cancer. Stand up and shoouuuttt!! Check out how to contribute to the fund here.


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