Classic Rock ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Roundup
The Summer of 2014 will go down in history as the Summer of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Since its launch, the global viral video phenomenon had raised millions of dollars for the ALS Association, which funds research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The concept is simple: a challenge is given whereby a person can donate to the ALS Association and/or take a video of his/herself dumping a bucket of ice water on his/her head. The newly wet person then posts the video and challenges their friends to do the same, preferably within 24 hours.
Among the many people who have taken the plunge — as it were — are classic rockers. We’ve collected the videos of their challenges and put them all below for you to watch, and we’ll be adding to this as more videos come in. Check them out below.
The former Guns N’ Roses bassist took McCready’s challenge and a couple of days later, tweeted out a link to his video, which was filmed at the University of Washington stadium. But instead of dumping water on his head, he had several members of the university’s football team pick him up and toss him in the ice bath.
Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan took the challenge, even though he was already acclimatized to water by standing in his swimming pool. Bryan challenged New Jersey supermarket executive Richard Saker, pop singer Gavin Degraw and Ryan Cabrera.
Part of the fun of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is seeing how people have looked to add creativity in their video. The Foo Fighters set the bar pretty high with theirs, recreating a famous scene from the movie ‘Carrie,’ with frontman Dave Grohl in the Sissy Spacek role. Grohl challenged John Travolta (who co-starred in ‘Carrie’), Stephen King (who penned the novel on which it was based) and actor Jack Black.
Proving that nothing can bring people together like rallying around a good cause, Richie Sambora accepted Jon Bon Jovi’s challenge. Sambora challenged his girlfriend, former Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi, and all of his friends and fans.
Ever one to make a spectacle, Alice Cooper accepted Torres’ challenge onstage following his Aug. 20 concert in Virginia Beach. Standing in an inflatable pool, Cooper, who offered the shirt he was wearing and the bathrobe he wore afterwards for auction to benefit the ALS Association, got soaked and issued the challenge to tour mates Motley Crue and Johnny Depp.
After being challenged by Claypool, Geddy Lee of Rush, like several others on this list of Classic Rockers Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, went on a creative path with his video that involved his own bobblehead. He then challenged a couple of Canadians — actor Jay Baruchel and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies — and formerly mulletted retired baseball pitcher Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson.
Ricky Phillips and Tommy Shaw of Styx took turns pouring water on each other, then posted the results to the band’s Facebook page. Phillips challenged Dave Amato of REO Speedwagon, Steve Gunner of Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Kelly Hansen of Foreigner, while Shaw challenged Garth Brooks (his can be found here), actor David Spade and his daughter Hannah.
The Alice Cooper Band
It wouldn’t be right to let their boss be the only one to get cold and wet, so bassist Chuck Garric, guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen and drummer Glen Sobel all lined up for their soakings. But first, they challenged a galaxy of friends and rock stars, including legendary producer Bob Ezrin, Satchel from Steel Panther, and most passionately, former Kiss and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick — “Bruce, don’t let me down buddy!” Extra points to Nita for sending a special tribute out to former David Lee Roth guitarist Jason Becker, who’s been battling ALS for years.
Kiss and Def Leppard
After having been challenged by Motley Crue (see above), Kiss and Def Leppard were the next bands up. Following their concert in Indianapolis, the nine musicians got dowsed together, with both bands contributing $10,000 each. Kiss responded by challenging Elton John, Rod Stewart and author Deepak Chopra. Def Leppard challenged U2, Prince and Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.
Smith took bandmate Satriani up on his challenge, but before that issued one of his own to “my good buddy” and full-time doppelganger Will Ferrell – sparking thunderous applause from the crowd. Smith then plays a drum solo through the whole bone-chilling ordeal, not once and not twice but (somehow) three times. Note his classic t-shirt from the 1979 Kiss tour.
Jackyl didn’t do an ice bucket challenge in Kansas City. As you’ll see, they did an ice tsunami challenge — preceded by a warning to concertgoers to protect their phones and cameras. “This is what’s great about America,” Jesse James Dupree says, just before letting loose a 300-gallon gusher (no kidding!) on himself, the band and everybody within splashing distance. He also passed out KFC buckets into the crowd for donations — offering to match up to $1,000.
Producer Rick Rubin – who’s worked with everyone from ZZ Top and Tom Petty to Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers — has taken the ice bucket challenge a step further. Instead of simply dumping one bucket of ice over his head, Rubin immersed himself in a bathtub filled with multiple buckets of ice.
On Aug. 27, Bruce Kulick, after being challenged by Alice Cooper’s band, posted his video, which included a heartfelt tribute to Jason Becker, whom he met during Kulick’s years in Kiss. Kulick challenged his former bandmates in Union — ex-Motley Crue singer John Corabi, Slash drummer Brent Fitz and Jamie Hunting — and, with Kiss’ ‘Tears Are Falling’ playing in the background, had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head.
Robert Plant took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while standing in his garden and ringing a bell. He challenged fellow rock and pop legends Elton John, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and Tom Jones and posted the video to his Facebook page. Plant’s dog also makes an appearance, but runs away at the first sight of water.
Mike Love of the Beach Boys stepped into a kiddie pool on stage for his Ice Bucket Challenge, then called on a famous rocker (Mick Jagger), an actor turned sideman (John Stamos) and his nephew (Cleveland pro basketball player Kevin Love) to go next — noting that Paul McCartney “wouldn’t want to mess up his hair.” Stamos has performed with the Beach Boys off and on since the mid-’80s, even appearing in the video for ‘Kokomo.’ Love also pledged $5,000 to ALS from his own charitable foundation.