If you thought the Police reunion tour was going to be the biggest show of the summer, get ready for Live Earth, a one-day, multi-continent event featuring over 100 performers. The concerts are the brainchild of former Vice President Al Gore; money raised will create a foundation to study climate change led by the Alliance for Climate Protection.
The first 25 artists were announced Tuesday. They are: Pharrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Paolo Nutini, Sheryl Crow, AFI, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Man, Keane, Kelly Clarkson, Korn, Faith Hill w/ Tim McGraw, and Bloc Party.
Eventually promoter Kevin Wall (who also staged the 2005 Live 8 worldwide concerts) hopes to have over 100 acts performing on stages in London, Paris, New York, Shanghai as well as more exotic locales. News reports yesterday discussed the first concert in Antarctica, which would undoubtedly star Snow Patrol. All performances will be broadcast on the Internet via MSN.
The Live Earth announcement came during the launch of Save Our Selves – The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis, an organization headed by Kevin Wall. Participants include Gore, actress Cameron Diaz and corporate sponsor MSN Networks.
Live Earth will implement a new Green Event Standard that will become the model for carbon neutral concerts and other live events in the future. The Green Event Standard is being developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Commission to create a way for venues to be LEED-approved.