Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland and others donate drums for charity

Chad Smith gives it up for a good cause
Chad Smith gives it up for a good cause

We all know that Chad Smith is one of the world's greatest drummers. Turns out, he's got a heart of gold too.

Chad is just one of a stunning array of skinsmen who have donated drums and cymbals to an exclusive auction raising money for the charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps teenagers and young people fight cancer.

The online auction is taking place right now, but you can still get in on the action - the hammer comes down Monday 15 December.

Some of the items up for auction

A Paiste 20" China 2002 cymbal signed by Chad Smith

A Paiste 22" Bell Ride Cymbal signed by Iron Maiden drummer, Nicko Brain

A Gretsch Catalina series 14 x 6" snare drum signed by Phil Collins 14 x 6" - "Thanks for your
support, Phil Collins"

A Stewart Copeland signed Silver Tama drum which includes a Remo head signed by Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

A special message

Mark Schulman, backing drummer for Pink, said,"I'm delighted to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust's Drummer Night auction and hope it will raise as much cash as possible for the charity. I am a cancer survivor myself, as is my ex-wife, Kelly. I understand the challenges that patients go through, and I want to use my credibility as a drummer to raise awareness about such issues. I hope the auction can help raise enough money so that teenagers and young people going through cancer have access to specialised treatment centres, like those provided by Teenage Cancer Trust."

There are lots of other items up for auction. To view to complete selection and place your bid, visit the official Drummer Live website.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.