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Linkin Park organise charity for tsunami disaster


Story: Jack Foley

LINKIN Park have set up a charity fund for countries affected by Boxing Day's earthquake and tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean, and have kickstarted it with an initial donation of $100,000 (£52,000).

The US rock band, who recently teamed up with hip-hop star, Jay-Z, for a Collision Course album, have set up an organisation called Music for Relief, which is seeking to bring much-needed financial support to survivors of the disaster.

More than 125,000 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the disaster, which saw massive tidal waves follow an earthquake in the ocean off the coast of Sumatra, in Indonesia.

Explained band guitarist, Brad Delson: "We are fortunate to be in a position to help, but this needs to be a broader effort.

"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."

Linkin Park felt moved to contribute to the rescue effort in some way having played a number of sold-out shows in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia during the summer of 2004.

And all money raised by Music for Relief will go to the American Red Cross.

Delson concluded by describing the band's creation of the aid organisation as 'our way of giving back to the people who so desperately need it'.

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