Drake Bell tells TooFab about how his recent visit to the Pulse Nightclub memorial inspired his next music venture.
The actor-turned-musician just got done touring the United States, and he told TooFab it was his show in Orlando that sparked both immense sadness and an itch to give back to the LGBTQ community, which was forever changed on June 12, 2016 after a man opened fire inside Pulse Nightclub. Forty-nine people were killed and 68 others were injured in the tragedy that became the deadliest mass shooting in United States history before the October 2017 Las Vegas concert attack took the unfortunate record.
"We were just on tour in Florida, and as we were driving back from the airport, we had passed by Pulse," Drake said when he stopped by Studio TooFab this week. "That was such a -- it just hit home when that happened. But I hadn't actually been there and seen it afterwards, so we turned around and we got out and were just looking at everything... And we were just sitting there, and we were like, 'Dude, we should just do something. Like, what can we do? How can we [give back]?'"
Drake said he called a few of his friends -- including a band member from We The Kings and singer-songwriter Kira Kosarin from Nickelodeon comedy series "The Thundermans" -- to pitch them his idea of putting on a benefit concert at The Abbey in Orlando, which is located 2 miles from the Pulse Nightclub memorial. Drake told TooFab 100 percent of the concert's proceeds will be given to the onePULSE Foundation.
Check out Drake's acoustic rendition of "Honest" -- which he performed live in Studio TooFab -- below.