Linkin Park Rock Charity Gig as Fans Raise $350K for Tsunami Relief
Shortly after the news of the devastating tsunami in Japan, Chester Bennington and Linkin Park kicked it into high gear brainstorming on ways they could work with their fans to help the victims. They decided on a special show at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. That concert took place last night (Aug. 31).
With a capacity of only 1,100 people, fans had to work for the cause in order to gain entry. The band tasked their loyal following with raising a minimum of $500 in relief funds in exchange for a pair of tickets to the show with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting children affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Chester Bennington recently spoke to MTV.com about the benefit show, “We wanted to do something that was exciting for our fans and gave them something to look forward to, a goal that was beyond anything they'd done before."
Linkin Park fans rose to the occasion raising an astonishing $350,000 in only 60 days making the band extremely proud according to Bennington, “It’s unbelievable considering not only the devastation in Japan but also the economic struggles people are having here in the U.S. as well."
Celebrating the philanthropic spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, Linkin Park and 1100 of their most giving fans celebrated their accomplishment last night with the best way possible – a Linkin Park concert! The band also invited Japan band B’z to open the show which made for a very special evening for everyone involved.
The concert saw Linkin Park delivering their chart-topping hits like 'Numb,' 'In the End' and 'One Step Closer' during the 23-song set. "The money you raised is f---ing great," LP's Mike Shinoda told the audience. "It's all about you."
For anyone still wanting to donate to the cause, you can visit Linkin Park’s Music for Relief page for details.