It's no surprise that we tip our hat to rock stars that use their celebrity for good. The Smashing Pumpkins are doing just that by offering an exclusive free download to raise awareness and funds for musicians without quality healthcare.
Founded in the 90's, Sweet Relief was started as a way to help pay the medical bills of singer/songwriter Victoria Williams, who was diagnosed with Multiple Scerlosis shortly after beginning a tour with Neil Young. As some of you may know, being a full-time musician is not cheap, and when it comes to purchasing health insurance in those early stages of your career... there is just no money for those "luxuries." Fortunately, several musicians were sympathetic to the cause and jumped on board to help Victoria out in her time of need. The current roster of artists who are affiliated with Sweet Relief includes Pearl Jam, Cold Play, Dave Matthews, Phish, David Bowie and a lot more.
Now, Smashing Pumpkins have partnered up with Sweet Relief for an awesome giveaway and a contest. Anyone who visits SweetRelief.org can download a new S.P. song, titled "Spangled," just for visiting the website. Additionally, Corgan and Co. are also offering donors at all levels a chance to win a signed Fender Stratocaster.
Whether or not you have the cash to enter the guitar raffle yourself, the download is free and the cause is an admirable one.