The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has recognized long-term supporter Xavier Rudd with the Rock the Boat Award. The Rock the Boat Award is presented annually to musicians who proactively support Sea Shepherd campaigns to defend, conserve, and protect ocean wildlife. The award was first presented to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2007 at the Sea Shepherd 30th Anniversary Gala in Santa Monica, California. Rudd is the second recipient of the award.
Rudd has been an ardent supporter of Sea Shepherd campaigns for several years. He has flown the Sea Shepherd Jolly Roger flag on stage during his critically acclaimed live performances and has encouraged his fans to support Sea Shepherd’s mission to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans. On his current North American concert tour, Rudd partnered with Sea Shepherd to place outreach tables, designed to raise funds and awareness, at each of his tour’s venue locations. Rudd’s song “Better People” off his 2007 album “White Moth” acknowledged the good work of Sea Shepherd and other prosocial groups, and a music video was cut for the song which utilized Sea Shepherd footage.
The award precedes Xavier Rudd’s forthcoming album Live In Brussels, digitally released August 28. The album embodies songs from his past 4 international album releases. Recorded live during a sold-out European tour in December of 2008, the performance took place at the legendary, Ancienne Belgique.
I’ve been a fan of the Sea Shepherds ever since I read that their founder, Paul Watson, has sunk ten whaling ships (and wants to take out more.) Now that’s what I call direct action…