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Alkaline Trio Announce West Memphis Three Auction

03/15/2010
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Alkaline Trio will be auctioning an electric guitar used in recording their latest album to raise money for the defense fund of three wrongfully-imprisoned Arkansas men.

Damien Echols (who is on death row), Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—also known as the West Memphis Three (www.wm3.org) —were convicted for murdering three elementary school children in 1994.

This special Japanese manufactured guitar is a black 2009 Fender HH Jaguar with a Gibson '57 Humbucker in the bridge — used on most of the recording of THIS ADDICTION and is featured in the photos within the album and has been used (until now) at almost every show thus far on Alkaline Trio's THIS ADDICTION tour.

The guitar is signed by all three-band members—Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Derek Grant (drums), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass).

The auction will last for 17 days—from March 22 to April 8th—one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars. June 3, 2010 will mark the 17th year anniversary that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin have been behind bars for a crime they did not commit.

The starting bid for the instrument has been set at $999.

"It is my hope that through Skeleton Key Auctions, both funds and awareness will be raised about the travesty perpetrated on these three innocent men," said Anje Vela, president of Music4Life. "Cases like the West Memphis Three's are a blemish to our justice system. No innocent man or woman should be left to rot in prison without recourse, just because they lack the financial resources for a fair fight. Skeleton Key Auctions is grateful for bands such as Alkaline Trio who have generously donated to this cause."

For further information about the guitar and to place a bid, log on to www.alkalinetrio.com

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