New York – With memories of a successful summer tour in Southeast Asia still fresh in their minds, the members of Linkin Park are spearheading an effort to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the region.
The Los Angeles-based rock act has set up an organization called Music for Relief (http://www.musicforrelief.org) with an initial donation of $100,000. It will directly support American Red Cross programs.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to help, but this needs to be a broader effort,” said guitarist Brad Delson.
“If one of our fans can donate $10, then that’s going to help… We are also going to appeal to our musical peers by asking them to donate as well.”
More than 125,000 people are confirmed dead in the wake of a tsunami that followed Sunday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the depths of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sumatra.
Over the summer, Linkin Park played sold-out stadium shows in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, which all suffered tsunami fatalities.