Paul Rodgers is confident the rock community will come together to help the stricken people of Japan in the wake of this month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The Free, Bad Company and Queen singer took time out from recording his new solo album to talk exclusively to rushonrock tonight.

And Rodgers said: “On a personal level I’m looking at what I can do to help the people of Japan right now.

“But once we understand the situation fully it’s probably a good idea for the rock community to do something together and ensure this situation stays in the public eye for weeks and months to come.” Rodgers revealed he had managed to make contact with all of his closest friends in Japan and accounted for each and every one of them.

“Fortunately they’re all Ok,” he added. “But of course that’s not the situation for so many people who have lost loved one and close friends.

“I think people involved in music really can make a contribution in the long term. The people of Japan are so passionate about their rock.

“On an individual level I’m still thinking about what it is I can do. We need to make sure we make the right contribution to the right people.

“But I’d definitely be up for doing something like a fundraising show once it becomes clear how we can help.”

Rodgers tours the UK next month with support from the Down N Outz. The full list of dates follow and look out for a full interview with the Voice Of Rock here soon:

April 15 Friday Blackpool Opera House, UK

April 16 Saturday Sheffield City Hall, UK

April 18 Monday Metro Radio Newcastle Arena, UK

April 19 Tuesday Glasgow Clyde, UK

April 21 Thursday 02 Apollo Manchester, UK

April 22 Friday Nottingham Royal Centre, UK

April 24 Sunday Bournemouth Bic, UK

April 25 Monday Southend Cliff Pavilions, UK

April 27 Wednesday London Royal Albert Hall, UK

April 28 Thursday Birmingham NIA, UK