Mike Weatherley, the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and founder of Rock the House (www.rockthehouse.me.uk), has met with band members from Bullet For My Valentine and Anthrax along with former Busted and Fightstar singer Charlie Simpson in Parliament to discuss the issues of live music and copyright protection.
Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine, Rob Caggiano from Anthrax, and Charlie Simpson joined Mike as the latest supporters of Rock the House. The competition was set up to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights and copyright protection. After the success of the first competition earlier this year, Rock the House will be coming back even louder in 2012.
Commenting, Mike said: “It’s really encouraging to get support for Rock the House from big named bands and artists. I hope that with this increased level of recognition, the issues of copyright protection and intellectual property rights will be taken more seriously. Young musicians look up to famous artists. Yet I know that many small bands struggle to protect their music, so it is only right that their livelihoods are fairly protected.”
Other rock stars who have recently agreed to become Patrons of the project are Ian Gillan from Deep Purple and Alice Cooper.