Foo Charity Sells Out In Minutes

Tickets for two benefit shows by Foo Fighters for victims of the Christchurch earthquake and Queensland’s flooding sold out in minutes, Frontier Touring announced.

Managing director Michael Gudinski said the Foos took a hands-on approach with the shows. They chose the bands on the bill (including You Am I and Cloud Control) and wanted the Riverstage venue for the Brisbane show March 27 because it had been flooded.

Gudinski told The Music Network that plans for a mammoth “Sound Relief 2” shows in three cities – as sequel to the first that raised $10 million for Australian flood and bushfire victims – are moving slowly.

Meetings were held by the four promoters, Frontier, Chugg Entertainment, IMC and Mark Pope Music.

“At the moment, I can’t see it [happening] in the distant future,” he said. “But that’s not to say it won’t happen.”

Lionel Richie teamed with R&B singer Guy Sebastian, the opening act on his March 18 to April 6 downunder trek of 12 arenas and wineries, recorded Richie’s “All Night Long” with producer RedOne for sale through iTunes.

The Bellamy Brothers partnered with the NZ Red Cross and Judy Seale International to host a live auction from May 1-10. The duo is also making plans to have a benefit for the victims of the Japan earthquake.