As one of rock music's largest acts, Linkin Park have continually leveraged their success to benefit non-profit organizations and the mission's these organizations support. Through Linkin Park's own organization, Music for Relief, the band has raised millions of dollars for disaster relief efforts in Haiti, New Orleans, and locally in California for victims of the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.
On Jan. 11 in Downtown, Los Angeles, the band staged a benefit concert to raise money for typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. Held inside the Club Nokia at the L.A Live complex, Linkin Park brought together an impressive line-up of veteran rock acts including The Offspring, Bad Religion, and 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart. In addition to the attendees at the intimate venue, fans worldwide were able to watch Linkin Park perform as AXS streamed the event live through their Verizon mobile app.
The night kicked off with San Fernando Valley natives Bad Religion performing a 40 min set of classic tunes mined from their 30+ year career. With the bands classic line-up nearly intact (sans ex-Circle Jerks/Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson who is on touring hiatus), the band ripped through over a dozen of their rock radio standards including Infected, 21st Century Digital Boy, and Recipe for Hate.
The Offspring - also a legendary Southern California punk act - kicked off their set with a raucous version of their cult classic Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell. Led by singer Dexter Holland and lead guitarist Noodles, the band relied heavily on their back catalog of radio standards to fuel the crowd's energy. The band's 45 minute set was highlighted by a string of hits including Pretty Fly for a White Guy, Come out and Play, and Bad Habit.
Although not billed in the original show promotion, the two primary members of Heart - Ann and Nancy Wilson - augmented by second guitarist made a special appearance following The Offspring. The trio performed a two song acoustic set which included a version of the CSNY classic Carry On and their own greatest hit, Crazy on You.
Linkin Park followed Heart and kicked off their set with One Step Closer from their debut 2000 album "Hybrid Theory." The band ensued to perform a 11 song set that included guest appearances from Ann & Nancy Wilson on Castle of Glass, Mike Einziger (of Incubus) on What I've Done and In The End, and a finale featuring drummer Travis Barker performing Bleed It Out alongside Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon.
Check out this accompanying gallery of photos of highlights from the concert, and go to Music for Relief's website to donate and learn more about their relief effort. All concert photography by Scott Dudelson.