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Linkin Park and Other Rock Star Charity Work

Today (February 11) is Mike Shinoda’s birthday, and without a doubt, Linkin Park is one of rock’s most prolific when it comes to charity work.  In honor of his birthday, we look at Linkin Park and other notable charity efforts in the rock world.


Linkin Park – Music For Relief

Linkin Park founded Music For Relief in 2005 to help provide assistance to areas hit by natural disasters and raises money through benefit shows, auctions and other efforts.  Here’s a recent video about MFR’s efforts to assist victims of the Louisiana floods.

Louisiana Flooding Campaign

In August 2016, Southern Louisiana received nearly 7 trillion gallons of rainwater in less than a week. Over 400,000 people have been affected and more than 60,000 homes were lost. The storm has been called the worst disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy.

Jonathan Davis – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Ever since his son, Zeppelin, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Davis has been an advocate for JDRF.  Check out Davis talking about the organization with WRIF’s Jade Springart!

Bono – (RED)

The U2 frontman and Bobby Shriver founded (RED) to help fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.  It has since raised $465 million through various brand partnerships and auctions, like the one Bono and The Edge talk about in the video below.

U2 - This is actually happening! YOUR chance to fly out... | Facebook

This is actually happening! YOUR chance to fly out and join us for an exclusive U2 show. Supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS. Enter here:


Pearl Jam – Vitalogy Foundation

The soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and manager Kelly Curtis founded the Vitalogy Foundation in 2006 as a way to raise money for their favorite non-profits.  Fans can even support the foundation by shopping their favorite online stores as seen in the video below.

Vitalogy Foundation + Easycause

Learn how to support Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation through shopping with Easycause. Get Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt, here: SUBSCRIBE: LIKE on Facebook: FOLLOW on Twitter: FOLLOW on Instagram: FOLLOW on Tumblr: With nine studio albums, hundreds of live performances, and hundreds of live concert bootleg releases, Pearl Jam continues to be a major force in rock and roll today.


Ronnie James Dio – Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Founded by Dio’s widow, Wendy, Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund helps raise funds for cancer research through a number of different events, including their big “Bowl For Ronnie” fundraiser.

Bowling with rockstars - Eddie Trunk,... - Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund | Facebook

Bowling with rockstars - Eddie Trunk, Tom Morello, John 5, Tim Ripper Owens, Rock Feinstein, Jeff Scott Soto.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)