(February, 18) — The members of Duran Duran decided to bring a football (soccer ball) with them when they attended the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome last year and began collecting celebrity signatures. Nick Rhodes felt the ball would be a great piece to auction off in the future, with all the proceeds going to charity
After seeing the devastation created by the Tsunami in South Asia, the band agreed that they should continue to get signatures and then auction the ball off with proceeds going to a charity involved in Tsunami relief.
After thorough investigation, the band chose GlobalGiving, which focuses on grassroots and project-based relief effortsin the affected areas.
The football made its first appearance on National English TV in January 2005 and culminated with an appearance on Good Morning America February 1st where the band announced their plan to place the ball on eBay March 7th.
So far, the football has been signed by:
Duran Duran (all members)
Pharrell and Chad (NERD)
Andre 3000 (OutKast)
Apl.de.Ap (Black Eyed Peas)
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)
Robert Smith (The Cure)
Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne
Maroon 5 (all members)
MCA (Beastie Boys)
Duran Duran performs in Los Angeles on February 26th, which is the day before the Academy Awards Ceremony, and will continue to get additional signatures. The final list of signatures will be published on March 7th.
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