Linkin Park to play 'secret' show for top fundraisers in Japanese earthquake-tsunami relief challenge [Updated]
Linkin Park is putting a fresh spin on philanthropic efforts with a campaign to raise money for relief efforts in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. Instead of simply holding a concert and donating proceeds, or encouraging fans to contribute money, the hard rock band has launched a challenge that will reward the top donors with admission to a “secret” concert.
All the band is saying about the show is that it will be held “in a small, intimate venue in the Los Angeles area.” It’s scheduled for Aug. 31, a week after the June 30-Aug. 24 fundraising period concludes.
The group promises that everyone who raises at least $500 will be receive a pair of tickets to the show, which also will feature Japanese rock group B’z.
[Updated at 3:53 p.m.: B'z will do an L.A. show of its own on July 24 at Club Nokia downtown.]
The 50 top money-raisers will also get a meet-and-greet session with the band members, and the top 10 will receive instruments signed by the band. The person who brings in the most money gets an onstage spot from which to watch the show.
The group is using the Music for Relief organization it established after the disastrous 2005 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Details of the new effort are posted at www.secretshowforjapan.com, which includes a video pitch from band members Mike Shinoda and Dave “Phoenix” Farrell. All proceeds from the campaign will benefit Music for Relief’s Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort in support of Save the Children.
No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani recently gave a private tea in Los Angeles for those who bid in an EBay auction to generate relief funds, after the singer had announced her own donation of $1 million toward those efforts.
-- Randy Lewis