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Jamming Out & Giving Back: The Most Charitable Stars in Rock

U2, Pearl Jam, Incubus and more are some of the genre's biggest philanthropists

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Rocking Out for a Good Cause

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Bono (L) and The Edge of U2 headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy
Samir Hussein

As the classic rockumentary U2: Rattle and Hum proves, the Irish rock group know how to put on a good show. The film follows Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr and the Edge on their North American tour in the fall of 1987.

Fans can relive the live show as well as classic U2 moments including performances with Bob Dylan, B.B. King and an epic live rendition of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a gospel choir. 

As famous as U2 are for their live shows, they've become equally notable for their charitable givings. Bono helped create (RED), the organization that has raised over $200 million to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa while the group will donate $7.2 million to Irish music education by 2015. 

Like the foursome, other musicians have also matched their love of music with their love of giving.

Check out our list of rock's most charitable acts and some of their biggest accomplishments. Stay up late to catch the famous music doc U2: Rattle and Hum, Monday night, July 8 on Fuse at 2:30a/1:30c! Use the Channel Finder to find Fuse in your area.

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Dave Matthews Band

CONCORD, CA - AUGUST 25: Vocalist and Guitarist Dave Matthews leads The Dave Matthews Band performing at Sleep Train Amphithe
C Flanigan

Donation highlights:

  • Supported 17 charities and foundations, according to according to celebrity philanthropy database LookToTheStars.com.
  • In 1999, created the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band to support charitable programs primarily in Virginia, but also takes action on a national and international scale. The fund has awarded more than 800 grants, totaling more than $15 million, benefiting hundreds of organizations.
  • Pledged $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief, including donating 100% of proceeds of their 2012 tour-opening show. 
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Annie Lennox

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Annie Lennox performs on stage during Equals Live 2012 at Southbank Centre WoW Women of the World
Marc Broussely

Donation highlights:

  • Donated proceeds to 2007 single "Sing," featuring Madonna, Shakira, Fergie and 20 other female acts, to Treatment Action Campaign, an organization that provides support in Africa's struggle against HIV and AIDS.
  • Helped launch the Circle, a network of 150+ businesswomen and celebs, who have raised more than $1.72 million for women’s projects around the world.
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Incubus

TINLEY PARK, IL - AUGUST 24: Brandon Boyd of the band Incubus performs during the Honda Civic Tour 2012 at the First Midwest
Lyle A. Waisman

Donation highlights:

  • Created the Make Yourself Foundation in 2003 that has raised more than $1.6 million (from the band donating a portion of proceeds from touring, royalties, memorabilia and more) to 40+ organizations.
  • Donated $100,000 to Red Cross relief efforts from the 2004 tsunami in Asia.
  • Supported three other charities and foundations, in addition to Make Yourself Foundation, according to LookToTheStars.com.
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Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs on stage during day four of Heineken Jammin Festival on July 6, 2010 in Mestre, Italy. (Ph
Barbara Zanon

Donation highlights:

  • They've inspired their fans with the Wishlist Foundation—a fan organization dedicated to supporting the band's philanthropic efforts that has raised more than half million dollars since its 2004 creation.
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Elton John

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 21: Elton John performs on stage during the Peace One Day Celebration - Global Truce Conce
Neil Lupin

Donation highlights:

  • Lent song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to the Songs for Japan charity compilation that raised more than $10 million for Japanese earthquake victims.
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Madonna

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 28: (Exclusive Coverage) Madonna performs during the MDNA North America tour opener at the Wells Fa
Kevin Mazur

Donation highlights:

  • In 2006, co-founded non-profit Raising Malawi to provide support for the country's one million orphans, vulnerable children and caregivers.
  • Lent song "Miles Away" to the Songs for Japan charity compilation that raised more than $10 million for Japanese earthquake victims.
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U2

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on their 360 Degrees world tour show at Wembley Stadium on A
Matt Kent

Donation highlights:

  • Bono is a co-creator of (RED), that has raised more than $200 million to support HIV/AIDS grants in the fight against AIDS in Africa. 
  • Lent song "Walk On" for the Songs for Japan charity compilation that raised more  than $10 million for Japanese earthquake victims.
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