My first Linkin Park concert was this summer. We went to the Project Revolution tour with Korn, the Used and several other entertaining entertainers. The concert was shortly after Hurricane Charley. I found out (after the show) that Linkin Park, who headlined and organized the concert, also took a portion of sale from each ticket sold at the Tampa show and donated it to Hurricane Charley relief. Wow, was I impressed. There are a few bands and singers (Bono, Band-Aid come to mind) who've help out the world with various disaster or hunger and suffering relief. I was glad to be a part of this one so personally. We donated water and cash locally but this seemed really cool.
Just now, watching the news, I see singer, Michael (Freeze) and fellow bandmate, guitarist Brad Delson, being interviewed because Linkin Park is spearheading fund raising for the victims in southeast Asia's Tsunami disaster. Linkin Park is offering an initial $100,000 in the newly created organization Music for Relief. All money raised will go directly to the American Red Cross programs to provide immediate help and long-term support to those in need. Visit their website: www.MusicForRelief.org
. Even a dollar will make a difference!
According to the Miami Herald, "[Linkin Park] is no stranger to charity, having donated $500,000 to various organizations throughout 2004, according to the band's label, Warner Bros. The group's official website includes an ''Awareness'' section, with links to such organizations as the International Child Abuse Network, the United Way and the Japanese American National Museum."
Generation Y'ers tend to disgust me regularly with repetitious acts of selfishness and the "me" attitude that permeates through most of them I meet. It really is heartening to see such a selfless and grand act by someone who hopefully most of these kids respect enough to begin to act themselves. We all know that the voter registration for 2004 reached a record high in the 18-25 year-old crowd with help from Rock the Vote, Vote for Change and P-Diddy's Vote or Die campaign. Unfortunately, only 17% of that crowd actually turned out to vote.
On another note: today, Baby Bush recruited Daddy and Bill Clinton to lead the a nationwide fund-raising effort in the US. The hurricanes that hit us were nothing compared to the devastation in Asia. As the world's superpower we can make a difference - if we choose to.
"And the day came when the risk it took
to remain tight inside the bud was more
painful than the risk it took to blossom."