Finland's frontline artists gather funds for the casualties of Japan earthquake and tsunami in Helsinki at Tavastia on Sunday, March 27.
Pelasta Punainen Pallo (Save the Red Globe) charity concert is presented by Michael Monroe, Jenni Vartiainen, Paleface, Ismo Alanko, Von Hertzen Brothers and Tuomari Nurmio. The evening's income will be donated to Finland's Red Cross and through them to the victims of Japan. Tickets are available at Tiketti. The concert will be broadcast live globally at Ylex.fi on Sunday at 7 p.m local time.
The idea of the concert was developed by Michael Monroe and his band as they have been touring a lot in Japan and have friends and fans there. As the image of what had happened spread and became more clear the band decided to organize an evening to support the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Michael states, "We were shocked about what happened, it's scary and alarming. The best you can do with rock music is to try to influence on this positively." Michael Monroe gathered a great lineup of domestic bands and got the Finnish broadcasting company YLE to be a partner and make the concert available for people all over the globe.
The artists are donating not only their performance fees but also all the income from merchandise sold during the concert. The Finnish music business also wanted to take part and more than ten companies joined forces to make this concert happen.