Five months after a devastating Linkin Park have come up with a novel way to raise funds for relief efforts.
Their latest project, on fundraising site Give2gether.com, is a fan challenge in which the first 500 people to raise $500 or more will get a pair of tickets to a secret Los Angeles show that's scheduled to take place on August 31.
The band isn't revealing much else about the show, other than a promise that it will be in a "small, intimate venue in the Los Angeles area" and feature an opening set from Japanese pop group B'z.
Depending on how much money fans raise, they could also get even bigger perks. The top 50 fundraisers will earn a meet-and-greet session with the bandmembers and a group photo. The top 10 will get signed instruments from the band's recent European tour, plus the meet-and-greet. And the top fundraiser will watch the secret show from the stage, in
addition to all the other goodies.
All proceeds from the campaign will go to Save the Children's Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort via Linkin Park's nonprofit Music for Relief. Though those who do not reach the $500 level will not get tickets to the show, they will get a thank-you note from Music for Relief, acknowledging their participation.
In a video promoting the campaign, bandmembers Mike Shinoda and Dave "Phoenix" Farrell encouraged fans to get onboard the charity project. Talking up the intimacy of the show, Shinoda joked that the venue is "so small it would fit inside my hands."
"And all you have to do to come to this very small venue is support Music for Relief for Japan. ... Does that sound mysterious to you? Does that sound interesting?" Shinoda asked.
At press time, the Give2gether site had 1,155 supporters who had raised $47,635, with the most generous U.S. fan donating $7,000 to the cause. All funds have to be raised by August 24, and winners (who must be 18 years old or 16 with parental consent) are responsible for their own transportation to the concert.