The Melbourne punks’ drummer Chris Cowburn has taken to Facebook to announce he’s auctioning off the one-of-a-kind custom rainbow Pearl drumkit he played during the Smithies’ gig with Midnight Oil at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on the night of the postal vote result, to raise money for an LGBTQI+ youth charity.
“As an Australian muso I was honoured to have the chance to support my heroes Midnight Oil and as an Australian citizen I was proud that our country raised our collective voice in support of marriage equality!” he says.
“To highlight the serendipity of those two things and to show the Smithies’ support, my dear friend Chris and I created what I’ve dubbed the ‘Rainbow Beat’ – this one-of-a-kind custom drum kit which I played at the gig.
“Now, in continued support of equality and the abolishment of discrimination, I’ve decided to auction it off and give the proceeds to charity! 100% OF PROCEEDS will go to the wonderful Minus18, who provide a network of support to Australian LGBTQI+ youth.”
The kit (which features four shells only; three toms and a bass drum i.e. no cymbals, snare or hardware) is currently sitting at $1,250 at auction on eBay with a total of 25 bids at the time of writing.
You can check it out and have a bid for yourself right here.