Metallica, Logic & Halsey To Perform For Suicide Prevention Campaign

By Paul Fuhr 09/08/17

The commercial-free radio event is set to broadcast on Sunday, September 10, which is National Suicide Prevention Day.

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica

This weekend an impressive roster of musicians are coming together to carry a hopeful message for a two-hour, commercial-free radio special.

Timed to coincide with National Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the radio special caps off a week-long initiative called “I’m Listening.” Organized by broadcast network Entercom, the “I’m Listening” campaign will consist of “suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations,” a Fader feature detailed. 

Bands and artists like Metallica, Khalid, and Halsey will appear on the special, along with Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, Alice in Chains’ William DuVall, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, among several others. It’s an event that’s as unique as it is helpful to others.

“Like so many millions of people, my family has had to deal with mental illness," said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s programming president. "Until very recently, most people kept quiet about the experience. ‘I’m Listening’ aims to end the stigma of talking about mental health and is the result of all of our stations uniting to offer hope to those affected and the friends and family supporting them. As a media broadcaster, we know that talk saves lives, and that is exactly what this show is about: Saving lives.”

Rapper Logic, who’s also participating in the “I’m Listening” event, took the suicide prevention message to the next level with his anthem “1-800-273-8255”— the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In an interview with Genius, Logic recalls how the single was a reaction to his being blown away by the impact his music had on fans: “I was like, ‘Man I wasn't even trying to save nobody's life.’ And then it hit me, the power that I have as an artist with a voice. I wasn't even trying to save your life. Now what can happen if I actually did?”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline later reported that “1-800-273-8255” was an “unprecedented, watershed event” and caused huge spikes in both call volume and website traffic. When Logic performed the single at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, the Lifeline saw a 27% surge in calls.

Rolling Stone noted that the “artists will share personal stories about their own struggles with mental health and offer help and resources to listeners.” Krist Novoselic, for one, is proud to participate: “Depression, coupled with other factors, can be lethal. Mental health conditions are underrated and I'm pleased to be part of the 'I'm Listening' campaign to help educate the community.”

The broadcast will air across the U.S. on every Entercom radio station on Sunday, September 10 at 10 am EST. The show will also be simultaneously live streamed on the “I’m Listening” website.

Entercom encourages people to use the hashtag #ImListening in tweets so they can join the online conversation, and share stories about mental health or suicide.

Simply put, the entire spirit of the “I’m Listening” campaign can be found in a song title from event performer, singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff: “I Wanna Get Better.”

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.