Puddle of Mudd, Thursday and Thrice are among several acts playing benefit concerts for victims of the recent Southern California wildfires that killed 22 people and destroyed some 2,200 homes.
Puddle of Mudd will donate proceeds from their November 15 show in San Diego to a fund set up by the Salvation Army to help people in and around the city. "Most of us live in Southern California, and we've been on tour watching all this devastation on TV from 3,000 miles away trying to figure out what we could do to help," said Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin in a statement.
Tickets to the benefit will be available at 5 p.m. Friday (November 7) during an online presale at Ticketmaster's Web site and will go on sale at regular outlets on Saturday.
In addition, Thursday, Thrice and Coheed and Cambria gave a portion of proceeds from their show on Monday at Soma to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund, which was created by the San Diego Chargers and the NFL to help fire victims. Thursday and Thrice's label announced it will match the bands' donation.
Great White, whose former drummer Audie Desbrow lost his home in the fire, will donate half of the proceeds from their November 9 show in Yucaipa, California, to the Los Angeles County Fire Relief Fund. Funds from the group's current tour have been donated to the Station Family Fund, which provides financial assistance to families of victims and survivors of the Station Fire (see [article id="1474244"]"Great White Finally See Light At End Of Red-Taped Tour Tunnel"[/article]). The last scheduled date of the tour is December 20 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
San Diego band P.O.D. were unscathed by the blazes, but some of their friends weren't so lucky, so the group plans to raise money for the victims. It's unknown at this point whether they'll perform a benefit concert of make a donation.
Irish band the Young Dubliners will donate all earnings from their November 8 show in Solana Beach to the Roach family, who lost their 16-year-old daughter, Ashleigh, in the fire. The concert is sponsored by the Celtic Society of San Diego.
And emo-rockers Brand New are giving 25 percent of the proceeds from their November 14 show in San Diego to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund.
The recent wildfires were the largest in state history, destroying more than 281,000 acres.