The Fluffy Jackets donate proceeds from new single to Team Rock staff
The Fluffy Jackets is donating all proceeds from their new single “44 Blues” to Team Rock staff, after it emerged that all employees at Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines are laid off before Christmas with no pay.
“Classic Rock Magazine was the first publication to support The Fluffy Jackets when we started out” says Helge Rognstad, lead vocalist and guitarist with The Fluffy Jackets.
“The journalists and staff there have also helped countless other rock bands in the past. It is now our turn to give something back.”
Team Rock, the company behind Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, the Golden Gods Awards and the Classic Rock Awards, went into liquidation yesterday – with staff reportedly told that they would not be paid for the month of December, just one week before Christmas.
A total of 27 staff in High Blantyre and 46 in London have been made redundant, with Administrators at FRP Advisory now seeking buyers for the titles and assets.
The new Fluffy Jackets single “44 Blues” is now available on iTunes, and the proceeds from the sale will go to the staff who are affected by the redundancies at Team Rock.
The song is a new version of an old blues standard which can be traced back to Louisiana in the early 1920s. It was originally scheduled for worldwide release by Cargo Records later in 2017, but the distribution company have pushed forward the release by special request from the The Fluffy Jackets.
44 Blues features Helge Rognstad on vocals and rhythm guitars, Jerry Bessent on bass, Nick Rhodes on drums, as well as slide-guitar from former Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton.
Manny Charlton, who is the producer for the upcoming Fluffy Jackets album, worked double-time to get the single ready on short notice.
Says Manny: “I am very happy to be producing The Fluffy Jackets, and it is also heartwarming that the rock community is pulling together to help out those who have lost their jobs just before Christmas”.
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