From Live Aid to Live 8 to Live Earth

liveearth.jpgIf 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.

The shows themselves will be staged in an environmentally friendly way:

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.

3 thoughts on “From Live Aid to Live 8 to Live Earth

  1. Hello
    Great that a world concert is being staged to raise awareness of climate change – should you need any help on environmental/social impact of this event in London contact me at – i run a small environment and ethics consultancy and specialise in sustainable events – I could help you to manage the risks in terms of social, ethical and environmental criteria – supply chain issues/labour isses/recycling and waste issues/transportation issues – as a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, a Chartered Environmentalist I have over 7 years experience of delivering sustainable solutions to business – see – lookforward to your reply Becky.

  2. Here’s an idea: Live Earth could adopt the awesome OzzFest solution: Charge corporate the price of admission and make the event free. Gratefully accept donations from concert-goers — which, I’ll bet smartly, will rake more revenue in than ticket sales could ever hope to.


    And remember: Bill Orielly love ya’ll over there in New Hampshire!!

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