If you haven’t seen the video of Suicide Silence’s last show of their European tour, you’ve either been living under a rock or your Internet is shut off. In true rock and roll fashion, the band destroyed their instruments, then set them on fire. I cringed when I saw those beautiful instruments go up in flames, but sometimes a statement is worth more than the price of material goods.
The band’s tech, John Douglas, decided to do something really cool with the guitar that Chris Garza set on fire, and he donated it to a group called Pick Collectors Against Cancer to raise money for charity. The donation includes the remains of the guitar, a set list, some picks, and the actual box of matches used to set it the guitar alight. The package also includes a note from Suicide Silence‘s booking agent asking the buyer not to set fire to anything (which Garza clearly ignored).
Pick Collectors Against Cancer (PCAC.com) have been around for just a little over a year, and their founder, Lee Hutchinson, has donated more than $30,000 to various charities by auctioning custom, signed memorabilia. They also sell custom guitar picks designed by musicians with their logo and artwork on one side and the PCAC artwork on the other. Venom Inc., Bouncing Souls, The Butcher Babies, Karma to Burn, and Sandra Araya (wife of Slayer‘s Tom Araya) have all had custom picks designed for or by them."Suicide Silence" Guitar pick collectors against cancer