Live Earth founder Kevin Wall has announced on LiveEarth.org that Madonna is to be one of the headlining acts set to perform at the upcoming Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium in London July 7th, 2007. In a bid to help raise awareness of climate change and to fight global warming, over one hundred bands and artists will be performing 24 hours of music across 7 continents for the Live Earth event.
Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour Dates 2008 + ticket information
If you want to go to the London concert at the new Wembley Stadium, it's now time to start preparing to register. Live Earth organizers are buckling down on ticket misuse and because of the expected demand for tickets, it seems that they're following Glastonbury's lead and have incorporated a registration process for concert goers who want to buy tickets to Live Earth.
From the Live Earth Save Our Selves website:
Registration opens from midday on Friday 13th April until Monday 16th April at midday. If your application is successful you will be notified how to buy your tickets on Wednesday, 18 April.
ALL TICKETS FOR LONDON WILL BE PRICED AT ?55 EACH"
Other bands and artists scheduled to perform at Wembley Stadium in London include: Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Genesis, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, Madonna, Paolo Nutini, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Terra Naomi, Spinal Tap, Kasabian, Metallica, The Pussycat Dolls and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Live Earth concert venues and locations will also be staged in Shanghai, China, Antarctica, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sydney, Australia, Giants Stadium, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Hamburg, Germany and Washington, D.C..
If you didn't know already, Al Gore is the co-chair for Live Earth and is also involved in organizing the events. There has been some controversy and skepticism about Al Gore and his green ambitions in the media and around the internet. It's probably not too difficult to find mixed opinions by simply doing a search in Google.
I've also noted in a previous entry the irony of Al Gore and his current relationship with bands and music and that of his wife Tipper Gore and their involvement with the censorship of music via Tipper Gore's PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) vehicle in the 80's.
I would be curious to know if Madonna remembers that her song, "Dress You Up" was on the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list. The Filthy Fifteen was a list of fifteen songs that the PMRC found most objectionable. Maybe Madonna sees Live Earth as more important than what went on with the PMRC.
Time must have healed some old wounds or maybe the bands and musicians have simply forgotten or don't care about the PMRC and the Gores' affiliation with it. Or it's possible that the bands feel that spreading the word about climate change and global warming is more important and are willing to brush aside any hard feelings.
I think that it is important to raise awareness of climate change and to listen to the scientists who have been studying global warming. There are also many green and environmental blogs out there in the blogosphere currently discussing green issues like TreeHugger, Hugg.com and the celebrity green gossip blog Ecorazzi.
Watch the concerts and videos online:
The Live Earth concerts will be streamed online live on 7/7/07 at LiveEarth.MSN.com.
The concerts will also be broadcast on the BBC in the UK and on more than 120 networks around the world.
According to the BBC, UK Live Earth TV Schedule and start times: Jonathan Ross will present for BBC 2 starting at 1:00pm BST. The start time for the London Wembley concerts is 1:30pm BST. Graham Norton and Edith Bowman will also be hosting the Live Earth festivities on BBC 2 along with David Shukman, Roger Harrabin and Kate Silverton. Coverage will continue on BBC 1 with concert highlights from around the world.
By: Jenny May
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