Gizz Butt gets on his bike for charity:
May 15, 2014On June 11th The More I See’s lead guitar maestro Gizz Butt will be setting off on a 161 mile cycle ride, from London to the Download festival site, as part of the Heavy Metal Truants II charity event.
Heavy Metal Truants – the world’s first Heavy Metal Charity Bicycle Ride – was conceived by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas in 2012 and the inaugural event last year raised an impressive £94,000 for worthy causes. This year the charities supported will be Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy, Child Line and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Long distance bike rides and wearing lycra are not everyday activities for Gizz, but he had some very personal motivation to get involved – as he explains... “My incentive for this is that I have a very close friend whose teenage daughter has cancer. Her story and the fact that this year in particular has seen many friends die from the disease and others receive that first, earth shattering news has spurred me on to get involved.” Gizz is asking for help from everyone he knows personally and all supporters of The More I see “Now is the time for me to do my bit towards making a difference for cancer sufferers. Please give a donation. I’ll do the suffering for you but even a few pounds or dollars will make every bit of difference. If you have ever met me, had a laugh with me, spent some time or had a drink with me, if you’ve played a show or been in a band with me, if you’ve ever had a guitar lesson with me PLEASE, PLEASE, support my cause and help me reach my £1500 goal. Please make donations if possible via my Just Giving page." Joining Gizz on the ride will be the likes of Ben Ward of Orange Goblin and Jerry Ewing, the editor of Classic Rock Presents Prog.