Sav-fest, the hard rock extravaganza held last night,October19 at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street in Philadelphia yesterday October 19, 2013 helped raise thousands of dollars for Ian's Chain which benefits those battling depression. There were nine local bands and each of them brought people that purchased a ticket. Most of those purchased an official T shirt and of course there was the presence of Mr. Nicko McBrain, drummer for Iron Maiden, who showed everyone what a true gentleman he is.
Alan Savill is a radio personality in the United Kingdom. As such, he has struck up a friendship with Nicko . when Alan's son, Ian committed suicide, Savill and his wife, Wendy were devastated. They turned the horrible event into an opportunity to help others that suffer depression. Nicko flew into town for the sole purpose being to help the Savill's
The event was so large, bands were playing on both stages at the same time in Dobbs. If you did not like one band just go up or down the stairs. bands such as Anvil Bitch, Bone Devil, Black Ocean and Evil Rein thundered throughout the place. From the UK there was Twisted State of Mind, , three kids that have not even gone through puberty who made more noise than some American bands, and Slander who have been around the UK for a long time. .
While a good portion of the money came from ticket sales, and merchandise, an auction brought in several thousands just by itself. Nicko was the auctioneer and the first item up was an Iron Maiden VHS tape signed from the 1980's. "Just a minute, I don't even have this" , he said. At that point, he out bid everyone and paid $50.00 for it. He then paid for it with a hundred dollar bill, (keep the change) and then promptly auctioned it off again and it brought in $40.00. "See, that's how it's done, we just raised $90.00 for a 1980's VHS tape, now come on and buck up", he joked. Most of the items were from Iron Maiden. There were a few item from UFO, which influenced Maiden. They brought in a lot as well.
Nicko was gracious with everyone, walking through the crowd, posing for photos, and signing autographs. "Tell you what, we will sign posters for $5.00 each and I know you brought Iron Maiden things so I'll sign three items for $5.00, it all goes to charity" McBrain said. The line was orderly and before you knew it , money was being raked in. Many fans simply over paid and refused their change.
When Nicko joined Slander on stage for three Iron Maiden songs, it was bedlam in the crowd. One fan even jumped on stage and belted out The Trooper, along with Christine Nosferatu,who organized a smaller event in New Jersey the night before.
The event did not just come together on a whim. Joe Madden and Staci Black who were friends with the Savills worked diligently for months to bring this to fruition. On stage, Alan could not thank them enough. He promised to have another one next year, making this the first annual. With that being said, Messers Madden and Black should be reminded that the next Sav-Fest is less than one year away.
Both Alan and Wendy Savill have found that they have true friends,such as Nicko,who was with them through thick and thin and put up with incessant autograph hounded by fans last night without complaining, to Madden and Black who worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition . Then there were the bands who were not paid a penny to preform. Most important were the fans that shelled out their hard earned money in a dismal economy to help people they did not know.
If you would like to donate go to http://ianschain.co.uk/. you can find more information on Ian's Chain,what it is about and how you can help.
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