Quake aid update: Finland stars set for gig on Sunday, NOFX release limited vinyl, New York label preparing compassion compilation

Japan earthquake

Still suffering: Half a million people are homeless

The rock and metal community are continuing efforts to help the people affected by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami as the nation reveals it may need $235bn and five years to recover from the March 11 disaster.

The official death toll is currently around 9000 but officials in Miyagi province say over 15,000 people may have died in that area alone. More than 12,000 people are missing while 440,000 are living in emergency shelters without heat, food or water.

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Michael Monroe will lead a cast of Finnish all-stars in a charity concert on Sunday at Tavastia in Helsinki. The event will also feature Jenni Vartiainen, Paleface, Ismo Alanko, Von Hertzen Brother and Tuomari Nurmio. The gig will be broadcast live online.

Monroe says: “What happened was scary and alarming. The best you can do with rock music is to try and influence the events positively.”

All proceeds including performance fees and merchandise revenue will be donated to the Finnish Red Cross campaign.

Meanwhile, NOFX have released two limited-edition seven-inch coloured vinyl singles of Fuck the Kids and Surfer, with half the monies going to Japan until the item has sold out.

They say: “The Japanese people have always been generous hosts and great supporters of punk rock in general. It’s time for us to chip in – you get two super-rare pieces of NOFX vinyl and you come out looking like a saint. Plus, who are we kidding? You’re going to make a 300% profit on your investment when you throw these up on eBay in a coupled of weeks.”

New York label Parrot on a Porch Records are working on a compilation album to be called COMPassion Project, will all proceeds heading to quake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Thirteen acts including Samiam, Atlantic/Pacific, Vs Rome and I Hate Our Freedom Band have already enlisted, with more to be announced. The album will include unreleased and rare tracks alongside cover versions.

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