Artists Aid Tsunami Relief Efforts

Along with several large concerts in the planning stages, artists around the world are staging their own benefit shows for or donating to funds for the victims of the recent tsunami in Southern Asia.

Along with several large concerts in the planning stages, artists around the world are staging their own benefit shows for or donating to funds for the victims of the recent tsunami in Southern Asia.

Sting will play a Feb. 10 concert at the Leeuwin Estate Winery in Perth in Perth Australia, with 100% of the net proceeds donated to the relief efforts. Sting already has two sold-out shows booked at the 6,000-capacity venue for Feb. 12 and 13. The artist, who had been booked to play a now canceled Feb. 9 show in severely hit Sri Lanka, will resume his Sacred Love tour Monday (Jan. 10) in Singapore, visiting Japan, Korea and Malaysia before Australia.

In the U.K., Queen's Brian May has pledged that proceeds from the Jan. 12 1,000th London performance of the musical production "We Will Rock You" will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for tsunami and earthquake relief efforts. It has been rumored that May and the band's Roger Taylor may perform at the show.

The DEC has also gotten a lift from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who have reportedly donated $190,000 and are featured in an MTV-produced television ad soliciting public donations. "We can save lives and get people back on their feet," Ozzy says in the ad. "We need to give money to help the survivors."

Veteran U.K. progressive rock act Wishbone Ash has pledged to donate proceeds of one show from each of its four upcoming tours planned over the next six months to tsunami relief efforts. The group will kick off a European run Jan. 14 in Istanbul.

Elsewhere in the U.K., hotly tipped modern rock act Kaiser Chiefs will play a hometown benefit concert Friday in Leeds at the Joseph Wells club. In Ireland, singer/songwriter Damien Rice has scheduled a benefit show tonight at the Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, with proceeds set to help victims through Oxfam International.

In North America, venues from New York to Toronto to Seattle are planning benefit shows in the coming weeks. As reported yesterday, Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin, Spoon, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and others will play Sunday at the Austin (Texas) Music Hall with proceeds going to the American Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders.

Clear Channel Entertainment will produce the Concert for Tsunami Relief in Vancouver on Jan. 29 at the GM Place, has learned. Hosted by Rick Mercer, the event, which will be announced tomorrow, will feature Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida, Delerium, Sarah McLachlan and others.

In Toronto, Broken Social Scene and other artists on the Arts & Crafts label are planning a benefit show Jan. 25 at Lee's Palace.

In Chicago, Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering, Sam Prekop of the Sea And Cake, Jazzmata, the Goran Ivanovic Group, DJ War and Funkadesi are some of the acts performing at the day-long Chicago Responds: HotHouse's Benefit Concert for Tsunami Relief, Sunday at the HotHouse Center for International Performance and Exhibition.

HotHouse, which hopes to raise $100,000 in January for relief efforts, is also coordinating efforts at other Chicago music venues for a Jan. 28 citywide tsunami relief effort. Proceeds will benefit the efforts of the Red Cross and American Friends Service Committee.

Also on Sunday, Flogging Molly's Matt Hensley will perform with local Irish bands and Faceless at Tom Giblin's Irish Pub in Carlsbad, Calif., with proceeds earmarked for UNICEF. The same evening in San Francisco will see the Girlfriend Experience, Apside, the Mandarins and Four Minute Mile staging a benefit at Kimo's.

In Seattle, the Presidents Of The United States Of America, MxPx and Smoosh will perform at the Showbox on Jan. 12 with proceeds going to the Tsunami Relief effort of Northwest Medical Teams. Two days later, the venue, in conjunction with local radio stations KNDD and KEXP and The Stranger and Seattle Weekly newspapers, will host a benefit featuring Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, the Shins' James Mercer and Pedro The Lion's Dave Bazan, with proceeds also to be funneled through Northwest Medical Teams.

In Pittsburgh, Venus In Furs, Mojo Filter, 3LB Universe and Drop Monday will perform Jan. 14 at the Hard Rock Cafe with proceeds going to relief efforts organized by the Brother's Brother Foundation.

A Jan. 12 event at Joe's Pub in New York -- featuring headliner MOP along with PetelShot, Nervous System, SUM and others -- will benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

At deadline, New York promoter Metropolitan Talent Presents was working on a Feb 22 benefit show to be held at the city's Canal Room.

While it has no specific benefit concert lined up, New York venue Irving Plaza is collecting donations for Red Cross International Response Fund and Doctors Without Borders at all of its shows.

In New Jersey, the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville is recruiting acts for a Jan. 14 show to raise funds for relief efforts.