Last summer, fall and into 2017, a series of earthquakes devastated Central Italy. To help with the restoration efforts, a benefit concert has been announced for Aug. 20 — almost a year to the day from when the first and most deadly earthquake struck — at the picturesque Sferisterio di Macerata open-air stadium, and the organizers have enlisted the help of some serious star power. As Pitchfork reported, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead will be performing as a duo for the benefit. Radiohead are currently on tour in support of their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool.
On Aug. 24 of 2016 a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Central Italy. The quake struck portions of the Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche regions, with 300 people losing their lives. Just as those affected by the quake were catching their breath, a series of major quakes–the third of which was stronger than the August quake at a 6.6 magnitude–struck the same region in late October. Three people died due to heart attacks believed to be caused by the quakes and there was widespread devastation. As if that wasn’t enough, a series of tremors hit central Italy once again in early 2017, further impeding rebuilding. The benefit will provide some much needed aid to those afflicted by the quakes.
(Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood (left), playing beside frontman Thom Yorke.)
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