The stars spread some love

As soon as the Haiti crisis kicked off, stars of pop and rock have been lining up to help out in a way that relates directly to their music. They’re sure to draw flak for capitalising on the misery of others (or not donating their entire annual earnings as aid), but let’s drop the cynicism for a bit and cut them a little bit of slack. There’s nothing forcing them to do charitable work, is there?

Anyway, there are a few things going on that us normaltons could get involved in too. First up, there’s the Oxfam Haiti earthquake emergency response appeal, to which Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys has donated a guitar, The Chemical Brothers have donated a Roland drum machine and Damon Albarn has promised to donate a new piece of recorded music, each for the winners of various auctions, as well Glastonbury tickets and a meet and greet with Gang of Four’s Andy Gill.

On top of that (and the song that Simon Cowell will put out) Radiohead have announced that they will play a one-off gig at The Music Box Theatre At the Fonda in Los Angeles, which they are auctioning tickets for right now on Ticketmaster until 11am Pacific Central Time tomorrow. We're in the middle of recording at the moment, so you'll be catching us on the fly, but if you're up for it, then we are too.’

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