While California rock outfit Linkin Park has evolved into one of the world’s biggest bands, Chester Bennington and the gang have also become quite the philanthropists, creating Music for Relief to lead charity efforts around the world.
The group announced this week that they’re again putting Music for Relief into action by hosting a benefit show in L.A. with The Offspring to raise money for those affected by the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines last month, leaving more than 6,000 dead and 1,800 still missing.
The show is scheduled for January 11 at the Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
Music for Relief is working with the International Medical Corps on the initiative, with the latter handling much of the on the ground efforts to deliver food, water, medical assistance and more to those affected by the typhoon.
“One of the main reasons we partnered with International Medical Corps is that they’re a first responder. They have people everywhere,” Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda explained during an exclusive interview with KROQ morning show DJs Kevin & Bean (KROQ is a Radio.com station). “Thousands of people all over the world that are basically already living in places like the Philippines. They had people there before the natural disaster. And then now, as you said…sometimes people’s attention spans are really short. Well, these guys are long-term relief providers.”
Tickets to the intimate show will be extremely limited, but fans can get tickets by donating or raising a minimum of $250 for Music for Relief’s Typhoon Relief effort. The first 300 people who reach the $250 goal are guaranteed tickets in the general admission pit closest to the stage. The top 75 fundraisers overall will get special perks like a meet & greet with the bands, VIP reserved seating, VIP pre-party, parking, commemorative merchandise items and more.
While Linkin Park and The Offspring will be headlining the benefit show, expect more bands to be added to the bill.
“We’re talking to a bunch more people and hopefully we can announce those soon for you guys,” Shinoda revealed. “But, in the meantime, I think the two bands alone are a pretty good show.”
Linkin Park recently lent their song “Roads Untraveled” to Songs for the Philippines, a new 39-song compilation put together by Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The album i available now on iTunes for $9.99 with all proceeds going to the Philippines Red Cross.