Members of Pearl Jam, the Stooges + More Holding Benefit Auction for Guitarist Frank Ruffino
Members of Pearl Jam, the Stooges, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Rancid and many other bands are teaming up to raise money to help guitarist Frank Ruffino — founder of the influential Orange County, Calif., punk band China White — get the liver surgery that may save his life.
Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has started the Unite the United Foundation to bring together the various rockers to help Ruffino’s cause. The foundation will hold a benefit auction via eBay that’s slated to start April 20. Items set to go up for bid include autographed guitars from members of Social Distortion, Rancid, Bad Religion, Slayer and more; signed posters, DVDs and CDs from Pearl Jam; signed prints of Lemmy from Motorhead; and much more. Check out the complete list of items here.
Although it’s an online auction, the items will be on display during two viewing parties, one on April 14 in Los Angeles and the other on April 20 in Huntington Beach, Calif. In the meantime, there’s also a benefit concert slated for tomorrow (March 30) in Santa Ana, Calif., featuring China White with special guests Cadillac Tramps, the Stitches, the Crowd and more.
Ruffino helped form China White in 1978, and the band issued its massively influential debut EP, ‘Dangerzone,’ in 1981. Ruffino, who has weathered numerous lineup changes over the years to remain the band’s sole remaining member, has spent the last 18 months in and out of hospitals awaiting a liver transplant, and doctors say Frank’s best shot at survival involves traveling to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., by mid-April.
Of course, that involves plenty of money, and that’s where the Unite the United Foundation comes in. All proceeds from the auction and benefit show will go to Frank’s hospital care, the family’s lodging and transportation expenses.