Earth's Brightest Stars Play to Cool the Planet

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 12, 2007 (ENS) – The 24 hour Live Earth concert series to combat global warming is taking shape on seven continents. Live Earth Monday announced the artist line-up and ticketing information for the South Africa show, which will be staged at The Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng, just outside of Johannesburg.

Live Earth South Africa will feature Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Danny K, Joss Stone, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, UB40, Vusi Mahlasela, and Zola. Tickets went on sale Monday.

The Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will be on stage July 7 for Live Earth South Africa. (Photo courtesy Soweto Gospel Choir)
The 24 hour Live Earth concert series to stimulate action against global warming will begin in Sydney, Australia on July 7, 2007 and continue across all seven continents.

Concerts will be staged in Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; London, United Kingdom; Hamburg, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Antarctica, before the day of music concludes in New York, United States.

Live Earth will bring together more than 100 of the world's hot music acts to inspire an estimated audience of over two billion people to coalesce into a mass movement that can reverse global warming.

Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign by the Alliance for Climate Protection and other international nongovernmental organizations to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the problems of melting ice, rising sea levels, extreme weather and.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and a partner of Live Earth.

"Live Earth is taking place across all seven continents because the climate crisis affects us all – and all of us must be a part of the solution," Gore said. "Live Earth will engage individuals, corporations and governments to take action against the climate crisis."

In Istanbul today, Gore, actress and Live Earth Istanbul spokesperson Sebnem Donmez, and representatives from local concert organizer Purple Concerts, gathered at the Cirigan Palace to inform the public about the latest developments of Live Earth Turkey, which is being staged at The Seven Towers Fortress, a historic Byzantine site in Istanbul.

Representatives from Live Earth Turkey's NGO partners - the World Wide Fund for Nature Turkey; TEMA - The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats; the Doga Dernegi Nature Foundation; and Deniz Temiz, the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association, spoke at the press conference in support of Live Earth's environmental message.

Tickets for Live Earth Turkey went on sale today. The artist line-up for the show will be announced at a later date.

Artists performing in all shows except Shanghai, Rio, and Istanbul have been announced and tickets went on sale in most places this week.

Surfing musican from Hawaii Jack Johnson is a Grammy-award winner who hangs at the top of the Billboard Charts. (Photo courtesy Selamans)
The day starts in Australia where Jack Johnson headlines a show that features Blue King Brown, Crowded House, Eskimo Joe, Ghostwriters, John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, Sneaky Sound System, Toni Collette & The Finish, and Wolfmother.

Japan is the only country hosting two events as part of the Live Earth concert series. Makuhari Messe in Tokyo will host a daylong official Live Earth concert. A special broadcast event will be held at the To-ji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto later in the day.

Live Earth Tokyo will feature live on stage AI, Ai Otsuka, Ayaka, Cocco, the Genki Rockets, Kumi Koda, Rihanna, Linkin Park, Rize, and others to be announced.

The special Kyoto broadcast event will showcase Michael Nyman, Rip Slyme, the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and others to be announced.

In London, the artist lineup is long and star-studded - the Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Genesis, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Paolo Nutini, Razorlight, and Snow Patrol.
Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hot talent plays to cool the Earth. (Photo courtesy Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan Site)
The Live Earth concert in Germany will feature Chris Cornell, Jan Delay, Katie Melua, Reamonn, Lotto King Karl, Michael Mittermeier, Mana, Roger Cicero, Silbermond, Snoop Dogg, and Sasha.

Live Earth Antarctica will take place at the British Scientific Station near the South Pole featuring rockers Nunatak, a five-member band of scientists stationed on the icy continent. They will broadcast their performance via live feed to the rest of the world during Live Earth.

Nunatak's lead singer Matt Balmer said, "I can't believe we've been invited to do this – it's a fantastic opportunity to encourage people of the world to deal with climate change. We expected to spend our Antarctic winter here at Rothera quietly getting on with our work and maybe performing at the occasional Saturday night party. We could never have imagined taking part in a global concert!"

Nunatak, a Greenlandic word, means an exposed summit of a ridge mountain or peak not covered with snow within an ice field or glacier.

Nunatak lead singer Matt Balmer and bassist Roger Stilwell at the British Scientific Station in Antarctica (Photo courtesy British Antarctic Survey)
Director of the British Antarctic Survey Professor Chris Rapley said, "The need to reduce our carbon emissions to avoid serious climate change is one of the greatest challenges humans have had to confront – is a complex issue that will only be solved by us all working together – scientists, politicians and society."

"Right now, Antarctic scientists and our colleagues in the Arctic are taking part in International Polar Year - the biggest ever globally co-ordinated research effort – to help find the way forward. Hopefully, Live Earth will make a real difference in public awareness and attract talented young people to become scientists – it's a cool job with a real purpose," Rapley said. "I am looking forward to Nunatak's appearance in the Live Earth concert inspiring young people the world over."

The last concert of the 24 hour Live Earth day will be held at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, near New York City. In response to overwhelming demand, the concert producer Live Nation announced last week that additional tickets will be released for the show.

The All-Star lineup includes AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, John Mayer, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police and other special guests who will take the stage for the finale of the concert series.
Bon Jovi

Born and raised in New Jersey, rock star John Bon Jovi plays the Live Earth show at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 7, 2007. (Photo credit unknown)
"Music is an international language that has the power to move people," said Live Earth founder Kevin Wall, CEO of Control Room, the company that is producing the concerts globally.

"Live Earth's 24 hours of music spanning all seven continents will move people in every corner of the planet to take action against global warming," he said.

Live Earth also announced that supermodel, actress, singer and author Naomi Campbell will be speaking from the stage at Live Earth Johannesburg.

"I'm proud to be a part of Live Earth and I'm especially proud that we are joining forces here in South Africa," said Campbell. "Nowhere is the issue of global warming more critical than in Africa. Live Earth Johannesburg will not only unify Africans on this issue, it will connect the crisis here with the rest of the world."

The Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis will be hosting the African leg of the concert at Maropeng, the visitor center to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.


The visitor center Maropeng presents the history of humanity through unique interactive displays. (Photo courtesy Mogale City)
Maropeng is a the Setswana word meaning "returning to the place of our origins." Designed to look like an ancient burial mound from the front while the back is thoroughly modern, it symbolizes the human journey through the ages. The site features a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves

The Live Earth concert at Maropeng is produced by BIG Concerts, South Africa's premier live music promoters.

At all concerts the Live Earth production team will implement new "green event" guidelines that will address the major areas of impact of live events, including recycling, food and beverages, packaging, transportation, energy, water usage, and the event site itself.

From power generation at the concerts to garbage generated by concert goers, Live Earth will seek to "design out" waste and become the model for future live entertainment events.

Online media partner MSN is helping Live Earth reach people everywhere. Live Earth Johannesburg will be streamed live on 7/7/07 at MSN's 39 localized web portals worldwide attract 465 million monthly users.

Live Earth is being produced globally by Control Room, which has produced and distributed more than 60 concerts since its founding in 2005 featuring Beyonc้, Madonna, Green Day and the Rolling Stones.

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