Linkin Park leads pay-what-you-want Haiti benefit with Alanis Morissette, All-American Rejects, Dave Matthews Band
Hard rock band Linkin Park has spearheaded a benefit for Haiti, allowing fans to download previously unreleased tracks from the likes of Alanis Morissette, All-American Rejects, Dave Matthews Band, Enrique Iglesias, Hoobastank, Peter Gabriel and more. The compilation, "Download to Donate for Haiti," is free and available for download at the website for Music for Relief, the nonprofit started by Los Angeles' Linkin Park in 2005.
Other participating artists include Lupe Fiasco, who teamed with Kenna on a track produced by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Music for Relief reports that it has raised more than $3 million for disaster relief in its five years of existence.
Those interested in the Haiti sampler are given a link to download the release prior to making any donations. Fans are encouraged to donate after downloading. Numerous tracks, including those from Slash and the Dave Matthews Band, are available for streaming on the Music for Relief site.A number of musicians are expected to take part in Friday's Hope for Haiti telethon, which is being led by actor George Clooney. Wyclef Jean, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Sting and members of U2 have been linked to the telethon.
Photo: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times