The remarkable effort put forth by the hundreds of actors and musicians on Friday night's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon has raised $58 million in relief funds. Of course, the island nation will need plenty more funds to recover from the devastating earthquake, which is why the charitable performances from artists such as
On Sunday night, Radiohead performed an impromptu show at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. The gig was just announced last Thursday, and the 1,000 or so tickets to the intimate event were auctioned off via the band's Web site. According to the Los Angeles Times, the closing minimum bid was $475. At the end of the night, the band donated all of the proceeds — $572,754 in all — to Oxfam International.
For those who paid top dollar for an off-schedule show like this (Radiohead are currently sequestered in a Los Angeles recording studio working on new material), it was a loose, lively show that featured the all-band debut of a new song called "Lotus Flower," which had previously been performed live only by Yorke during solo shows. The band rolled through some of their biggest hits and crowd-pleasing favorites like "Fake Plastic Trees," "Karma Police," "Paranoid Android" and "The National Anthem." The high-profile guest list included Justin Timberlake, film director Paul Thomas Anderson, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Drew Barrymore.
Radiohead's performance was one component of a larger fundraising push by Oxfam, which is also currently holding an online auction — featuring items donated by Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn (who will write a song specifically for the highest bidder) — that will continue through February 2.