Over the years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has developed close relationships with surfers, divers, sailors and especially musicians. Musicians around the world have funded many of our campaigns by doing benefit concerts or making contributions. The Red Hot Chili Peppers began doing benefits for Sea Shepherd in 1985 and have become major supporters of our efforts today. Groups like the Red Paintings, Ignite, and Propagandhi give us both financial support and encouragement, spreading the world of our collective responsibility to protect our oceans and life in the seas. Metal bands Hawkwind and Gojira also support us. Australia musicians have been especially supportive with unique talents like Xavier Rudd, Trash McSweeney and Mihirangi performing for us, crewing on our ship, or being onshore volunteers.
Music is a powerful media and it is an essential tool for increasing awareness and raising support. We all have the power to change the world in so many different ways and musicians are blessed with the ability to convey messages powerfully with great emotion.
Today more and more musicians are becoming actively involved with defending the planet. Incredible performers such as Jack Johnson have the ability to bring musicians, surfers, conservationists, and ecologists together in a united effort to create a powerful activist movement.
When I think back to the musicians that I have met and worked with over Sea Shepherd's 30 year history, I feel very fortunate. America did a concert for us back in 1983 and I've met with, worked with, and learned much from incredible musicians like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Lyle Lovett, the Tragically Hip, Joni Mitchell, Paul Winter, Moby, and the legendary Phil Ochs.
And now to receive the support of The Dead is an awesome honour for which all of us in the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are very proud of.
The Dead announced this week that they will be auctioning off tickets for their upcoming tour to benefit various nonprofit organizations, including Sea Shepherd. The seats will be third row with VIP perks, and will start at $250 and go up to $500. The Dead hope to make up to $250,000 for charity
Said the legendary Bob Weir, "We want to do what we can to keep these folks up and running and in business."