“After the news of the earthquake and tsunami spread, I did what most people did. I stopped and stared at the TV,” wrote guitarist Ray Toro on the band’s website. "I sat at the computer, constantly refreshing CNN in hopes of some good news. And I went to Twitter to see what people were saying. I noticed a hash-tag, “#SINGItForJapan,” where you kids were writing messages of hope, saying prayers and sending your condolences and well wishes to survivors. It moved me in a profound way.
“A week later, after talking with the guys about what we could do, here we are. I’ve been working backstage and on planes to put together a special version of SING. Our plan is to release it with all proceeds going to Red Cross Japan . We also feel we need a video to share on Facebook and YouTube, so this is where you come in.
“We’d like to send messages of hope to Japan from people all over the world. We’re asking for you to send video, pictures, drawings or written messages to the people of Japan. Go wherever your creativity and heart takes you. It could be as simple as you holding up a sign with "#SINGItForJapan " written on it, or anything else you can dream up. From what we’ve seen on tour, we know you guys can dream bigger than we ever could.
“Don’t be afraid to get your families involved. If you are inspired to do something alone, that’s great too. But we encourage you to get a big group of people from your community together. We want Japan to know just how many people are behind them. Please have your submissions in by Wednesday, March 30 and 5pm PST.
“Lastly, I got the domain name singitforjapan.com, so we are working on putting up a site there to centralize any future news, as well as host the video and track when they are ready. Also want to figure out a way to consolidate all the artwork we’ve gotten, so everyone who doesn’t make it into the video has a chance to shine.”
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