Cold Chisel guitarist and motorcycle enthusiast Ian Moss is riding back to his home town of Alice Springs for a good cause and you can join him.
With the support of Indian Motorcycle, Moss is taking on the symbolic pilgrimage to launch his new album “Nashville Sessions”, and also to raise awareness and funds for the Black Dog Ride.
Moss says “This ride symbolically represents my life journey to some extent, always remembering my roots … my hometown. This is a spiritual ride that I am proud and excited to be doing for a good cause.”
He was born and raised in Alice Springs but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years.
He had started playing guitar in teenage bands, but as fate would have it, he answered an ad for a guitarist in a shop window.
That led to him teaming up with organist and principal songwriter Don Walker, drummer Steve Prestwich and frontman Jimmy Barnes to form a band that became Cold Chisel.
The ride will have two departure points, and Ian will be departing from the Victory and Indian Motorcycle showroom in Ashfield, Sydney on June 5th. The other departure point is from Melbourne on the 6th June.
The two groups will then merge along the way as they ride into Alice Springs.
The trip will take riders through Dubbo, Broken Hill, Port Augusta and Coober Pedy, eventually arriving in Alice Springs on June 9th.
Ian will be performing an acoustic set at a local venue in Dubbo on the first night of the ride for participants and local Black Dog Ride supporters.
He will also perform a live concert at the iconic Finke Desert Race on the evening of June 10th, debuting the album’s new hit single “Broadway” and celebrating his home town’s biggest motorsport event.
Indian Motorcycle have donated a Limited Edition Jack Daniels Indian Chief Vintage valued at $52,000 to be auctioned on eBay for the Black Dog Ride.
Anyone interested in bidding on the bike can go to http://bit.ly/ebayindian to register.
The auction and link won’t be live until 8pm AEST on the 2nd June 2016, and bidding will end at 8pm AEST 12th June 2016.
The NRL Footy Show has also thrown its support behind the cause, and will have Ian on the show on June 2nd to launch the ride and promote the online auction of the Indian Chief Vintage.
The Nine Network’s Today Show will also do a live cross on the day of departure from Sydney and on Saturday morning of June 11th from Alice Springs.
The Black Dog Ride was started in 2009 to raise awareness of depression, and has developed into a national suicide prevention charity involving thousands of Australian motorcycle riders who have so far raised over $2,200,000 for mental health services.