- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - When his young daughter developed an eye disease that’s the leading cause of blindness among American girls, Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French decided he wasn’t gonna take it.

The band is playing a benefit concert next week to raise money for research into Uveitis (Yoo-vee-EYE-tis), but it’s a one-of-a kind guitar auction that will generate the real funds for the project.

French got most of the world’s leading guitar manufacturers to make versions of their classic instruments _ all in nuclear hot pink like his own guitar _ to be sold to the highest bidders May 1 in Boston.

French likened the effort to persuading Ford to use GM paint, or getting Lamborghini to copy Ferrari. But the guitar and amplifier makers agreed to do it once for charity.

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