Live Earth to rock the globe


Summary

More than 100 acts will perform in the giant 24-hour Live Earth concert relay — the brainchild of former US vice president Al Gore — spanning Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York.

Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Genesis top the bill at London's Wembley Stadium while Bon Jovi, Smashing Pumpkins and the newly-reformed The Police will headline the concert at New York's Giants Stadium, organisers said.

The concerts promise to be carbon-neutral events, with everything from lighting the stages to how artists travel being offset. Emissions and waste will also be reduced to as little as possible.

Concert for the globe

"Live Earth — the concerts for a climate in crisis", dreamed up by
politician-turned-environmental campaigner Gore, are intended to highlight the threat of climate change.

Organisers hope the concerts will raise awareness of the issue just as the 1985 Live Aid concerts raised awareness of starvation in Africa. They aim to reach over two billion people on television, radio and the Internet.

In London, Duran Duran, the Foo Fighters, the Black Eyed Peas, Keane, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and the Beastie Boys will also perform at the 90,000-seater newly-redeveloped Wembley.

The New York concert also features Kanye West, Roger Waters, Ludacris, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson and Melissa Etheridge.

"By attracting an audience of billions we hope Live Earth will launch a global campaign giving a critical mass of people around the world the tools they need to help solve the climate crisis," Mr Gore said.

"We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort.

"Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that's needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis."

Starting in Sydney and ending in New York, the event will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call, organisers said.

"This monster line-up will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis," said Live Earth founder Kevin Wall.

"Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming."

The other Live Earth concerts will take place at Sydney's Aussie Stadium, Tokyo Stadium, a Shanghai venue to be confirmed, Johannesburg's Cradle of Human Kind and Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Proceeds from the concerts will go towards a foundation to combat climate change.

Mr Gore is the author of a bestselling book on global warming "An Inconvenient Truth," which was made into the blockbuster documentary that won a pair of Oscars in February.

The last mammoth international concert series was Live 8 in July 2005, designed to pressure leaders from the Group of Eight industrialised nations to change their approach to poor countries.

It took up the baton from the unprecedented Live Aid, held at Wembley and at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in the United States.


More than 100 acts will perform in the giant 24-hour Live Earth concert relay — the brainchild of former US vice president Al Gore — spanning Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York.

Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Genesis top the bill at London's Wembley Stadium while Bon Jovi, Smashing Pumpkins and the newly-reformed The Police will headline the concert at New York's Giants Stadium, organisers said.

The concerts promise to be carbon-neutral events, with everything from lighting the stages to how artists travel being offset. Emissions and waste will also be reduced to as little as possible.

Concert for the globe

"Live Earth — the concerts for a climate in crisis", dreamed up by
politician-turned-environmental campaigner Gore, are intended to highlight the threat of climate change.

Organisers hope the concerts will raise awareness of the issue just as the 1985 Live Aid concerts raised awareness of starvation in Africa. They aim to reach over two billion people on television, radio and the Internet.

In London, Duran Duran, the Foo Fighters, the Black Eyed Peas, Keane, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and the Beastie Boys will also perform at the 90,000-seater newly-redeveloped Wembley.

The New York concert also features Kanye West, Roger Waters, Ludacris, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson and Melissa Etheridge.

"By attracting an audience of billions we hope Live Earth will launch a global campaign giving a critical mass of people around the world the tools they need to help solve the climate crisis," Mr Gore said.

"We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort.

"Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that's needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis."

Starting in Sydney and ending in New York, the event will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call, organisers said.

"This monster line-up will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis," said Live Earth founder Kevin Wall.

"Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming."

The other Live Earth concerts will take place at Sydney's Aussie Stadium, Tokyo Stadium, a Shanghai venue to be confirmed, Johannesburg's Cradle of Human Kind and Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Proceeds from the concerts will go towards a foundation to combat climate change.

Mr Gore is the author of a bestselling book on global warming "An Inconvenient Truth," which was made into the blockbuster documentary that won a pair of Oscars in February.

The last mammoth international concert series was Live 8 in July 2005, designed to pressure leaders from the Group of Eight industrialised nations to change their approach to poor countries.

It took up the baton from the unprecedented Live Aid, held at Wembley and at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in the United States.