Music World Unites For Tsunami Relief

Benefit concerts, donations and telethon are planned.

As the tsunami-ravaged countries of Southeast Asia gradually begin to recover from the disaster, the list of artists and celebrities pledging their support continues to grow.

Linkin Park’s Music for Relief has only been up and running for a little more than a week, but the charity has already garnered the support of some major musical talent: Jay-Z, Hoobastank, Michelle Branch, Korn and Staind are among the acts who have donated money, and more are expected to be announced in the coming days.



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“We don’t have a specific monetary goal, but we hope that anyone and everyone who can help will,” Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson said. “Celebrities and fans alike can help save lives.”

And musicians are doing more than just contributing funds. Thursday night (January 6), DJ duo Deep Dish will perform at UNICEF’s “Save the Children” benefit show in Washington, D.C. On January 12, the first lady of the Terror Squad, Remy Martin, will host a benefit concert at New York City venue Joe’s Pub; M.O.P. are scheduled to perform at the event.

That same night, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and Coheed and Cambria will take the stage at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, to raise funds. And on January 16, Senses Fail, the Starting Line and Midtown will play the second date in the Starland’s Concerts for Tsunami Relief series (staged in association with New York’s WXRK-FM).

Sting has announced that he will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from his February 10 show in Perth, Australia, to tsunami victims.

And the list of musicians and celebrities scheduled to appear on NBC’s January 15 charity telethon continues to grow. Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw have been added to the lineup, which will also feature appearances from George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Clay Aiken and Téa Leoni.

Across the pond, the management of Millennium Stadium in Wales is inching closer to confirming a massive charity show to be held on the weekend of January 22 and 23 (see “Stars Pitch In To Aid Tsunami Victims; Live Aid-Style Concert A Possibility” ). Rupert Moon, the stadium’s business manager, said things were “falling into place,” and that an announcement should be made regarding the show within the next 48 hours.

“We’ve been working very hard with band managers, agents and so on, and we’re working on getting a cross-section of acts: British, European and international bands,” Moon said. “What we need now is for one of them to step out of the shadows and say, ‘OK, we’ll put our names to this.’ And that will sway a lot of people.”