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Foo Fighters to play New Zealand earthquake benefit show

By Andy Tillett - 17 Mar 2011 15:57:1 GMT
Foo Fighters to play New Zealand earthquake benefit show

Foo Fighters are playing a show to raise money for victims of the recent New Zealand earthquake.

The 'Rope' rockers are heading to the Auckland Town hall in the nation's capital on March 22 to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund.

The earthquake killed nearly 200 people and wreaked devastation over the city, the second largest in New Zealand, on February 22.

In a video message lead singer Dave Grohl said: ''We hope that we can see you soon, and do what we can to bring a little bit of happiness back in to your lives.''

All ticket money for the show will be donated by the band - which also features guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins - to the CHCH Earthquake Relief Fund.

Meanwhile actor and New Zealand native Russell Crowe visited Christchurch earlier this week to see the devastation caused.

He said: ''It's quite a traumatic experience to look at it and I can't even imagine the level of trauma that people who have lived through it and experienced loss.

''Not knowing exactly what's going to happen in the immediate future is a hard way to live. But remember, the greatest strength, is to keep in touch and keep that humanity vibrant.''

Russell also took part in a charity cricket game that raised $500,000 for the people affected by the earthquake, where he acted as the team's coach.