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:: Spotlight :: Live Earth - 7/7/07

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Organisers recently announced details of the Australian curtain-raising show for the 7-continent, 24-hour Live Earth concerts to be held on 7/7/07. The Australian concert will be staged at Aussie Stadium in Sydney. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, May 18 at 9.00am Eastern Standard Time.

The global concert on July 7 will begin in Sydney and continue across all 7 continents, concluding with a show in the USA.

Speaking via a video link-up at the event’s official launch at Aussie Stadium today, Live Earth Partner Al Gore said: “The climate crisis is a global problem that requires a global response. That’s exactly what Live Earth is. On 7/7/07, Live Earth will touch over 2 billion people with 24 hours of live music across 7 continents and an urgent, hopeful message to trigger a worldwide movement to combat the climate crisis. This movement begins here at Aussie Stadium.”

on stage at the Sydney show will be
CROWDED HOUSE
JACK JOHNSON
WOLFMOTHER
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
MISSY HIGGINS
ESKIMO JOE
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
PAUL KELLY
GHOSTWRITERS
TONI COLLETTE & THE FINISH
BLUE KING BROWN

Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, who served as Worldwide Executive Producer of the Live 8 concert series in 2005. He said, "Live Earth Australia will kick off 24 hours of music spanning all 7 continents to focus the world against global warming. Over 100 headlining artists ranging from Madonna to The Police to Wolfmother, all of whom are donating their time to perform at the concerts, will inspire an audience of over 2 billion people. Live Earth is designed to trigger a mass movement to combat our climate crisis. The climate crisis touches everyone, everywhere. Live Earth is about motivating people in every corner of the planet to ‘Answer the Call’ and make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives to combat global warming.”

Live Earth’s 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by The Alliance for Climate Protection to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action. Whilst this event is about raising awareness, not money, all net proceeds will go to The Alliance for Climate Protection, other international non-Government organisations (NGOs), Australian NGOs and projects on the ground in Australia yet to be announced.

Staging Live Earth Australia is the same team of event producers that came together to mount the celebrated WaveAid tsunami benefit concert in Sydney in 2005. They are the legendary Australian concert promoter Michael Chugg A.M. Mark Pope

“We’ve all been involved in putting on some big gigs over the years, but nothing rivals the scale of this one,” said Michael Chugg. “We’re thrilled to be opening the show for the world and rapt about showcasing some of Australia’s finest talent to the rest of the planet. We’d also like to thank those artists who are so generously giving their time to help spearhead one of the world’s greatest challenges of the 21st century”.

Climate change expert Dr Michael Molitor explained, “The key message of Live Earth is that everyone can – and must – be a part of the solution. Everyone can take simple measures that will greatly assist the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. Live Earth is driving global awareness about the solutions and engaging people around the world to undertake personal actions both at home and at work.”

PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR LIVE EARTH

Live Earth promoters have worked closely with the NSW Government to include the price of public transport in the ticket price for the event. This includes travel to and from the event on CityRail trains, special event buses to and from Central Station and Moore Park, and on standard Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries' services.

Public transport is the way to go to major events, saving time and money, as well as saving the environment. Bus, train and ferry services are a reliable and efficient way for any ecologically-minded person to travel, both to major events and on a daily basis between work and home.

Choosing public transport or low emission motor vehicles has an unquestionably positive impact on the environment, now and into the future. Including the cost of public transport in the ticket price will ensure that the environmental impact caused by getting the crowd to and from the show will be kept to a minimum. Organisers will encourage all concert attendees to use the public transport supplied.

TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am (EST), FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007
Outlet: Ticketek / Phone: 132 849
Ticket price: $99.00 (GST + booking fee inclusive) - Max 4 tickets per transaction
Ticket price includes bus, train and ferry transport on the day of the Concert.
Gates open: 10.30am
All Ages (photo ID must be produced to consume alcohol)

FOXTEL has secured the exclusive Australian television rights to the 24-hour global concert series LIVE EARTH. It will be the host broadcaster of the Australian LIVE EARTH concert, producing and supplying the international television feed from Sydney’s Aussie Stadium to an estimated global audience of more than 2 billion people.

From 5.00pm (EST) on Saturday, July 7, FOXTEL’s flagship general entertainment channel FOX8 will commence the 24-hour international telecast of the global concert series, starting with Sydney and crossing to the other events as they get underway in Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York.

nineMSN is the global internet host broadcaster and Austereo is the capital cities' global radio broadcast partner and Macquarie Radio Networks will be broadcasting the global event throughout regional Australia.

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**UPDATE AS AT MAY 31, 2007**

Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park will headline the Tokyo leg of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth concert series on July 7, 2007. The full artist line-up and ticketing information for Live Earth Tokyo, which is being staged at Makuhari Messe, will be announced on May 29.

Released last week, Linkin Park's latest album, Minutes to Midnight is currently No.1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest sales debut of 2007. Minutes to Midnight follows the band's 2003 album Meteora, which also topped the Billboard charts and sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

Linkin Park has been leading the charge against climate change with MUSIC FOR RELIEF, the foundation the band established in 2005 to aid the victims of the tsunami in South Asia. The organisation now aims to mobilise the music community and music fans to help with various causes around the world, primarily disaster response and a proactive campaign to weaken and decelerate future natural disasters by raising awareness about the environmental consequences of climate change and our responsibility to reduce greenhouse gasses and develop alternate, renewable forms of energy.

“Climate crisis awareness could be one of the defining issues of our generation, and we're proud to play this show in support of that effort,” said Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park band member. Linkin Park joins other headliners such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, The Police, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Melissa Etheridge, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, John Mayer, Faith Hill, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Crowded House, Wolfmother, Duran Duran, and many more, in playing Live Earth.

Organiser Kevin Wall said, “The goal of Live Earth is to reach the largest audience possible with tools to tackle the climate crisis. "Linkin Park's participation is an incredible boost to these efforts, and we hope their millions of fans worldwide will tune in to Live Earth on 7/7/7 and join our movement.”

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**Tokyo event details**

Live Earth Tokyo will feature the following acts live on stage:
AI
Ai Otsuka
Ayaka
Cocco
Genki Rockets
Kumi Koda
Linkin Park
Rihanna
Rize
And others to be announced at a later date.

The special Kyoto broadcast event will feature the following acts live on stage:
Michael Nyman
Rip Slyme
Yellow Magic Orchestra
And others to be announced at a later date.

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**Hamburg Live Earth event announced**

Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, and singer Katie Melua joined with smart’s Global Marketing and Sales Head Anders Jensen at a press conference in Stuttgart recently to announce details of Live Earth’s partnership with smart, the world’s only automaker serving as an Official Partner of Live Earth. The announcement also included the artist line-up and ticketing information for Live Earth Hamburg, which will be staged at the HSH Nordbank Arena.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist figure skater Katarina Witt also attended the press conference, where it was announced that she would be speaking from the stage at Live Earth Hamburg.

Live Earth Hamburg will feature the following acts live on stage:

CHRIS CORNELL
JAN DELAY
JULI
KATIE MELUA
LOTTO KING KARL
MANÁ
MICHAEL MITTERMEIER
REAMONN
ROGER CICERO
SASHA
SILBERMOND
SNOOP DOGG

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***FULL ARTIST LINE-UPS***

These artists will play at Live Earth Concerts.

Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Blue King Brown
Crowded House
Eskimo Joe
Ghostwriters
Jack Johnson
Missy Higgins
Paul Kelly
Sneaky Sound System
The John Butler Trio
Toni Collette & the Finish
Wolfmother

Giants Stadium, New Jersey
AFI
Akon
Alicia Keys
Bon Jovi
Dave Matthews Band
Fall Out Boy
John Mayer
Kanye West
Keith Urban
Kelly Clarkson
Korn
KT Tunstall
Ludacris
Melissa Etheridge
Roger Waters
Sheryl Crow
Smashing Pumpkins
Taking Back Sunday
The Police

Special Guest: Al Gore

Wembley Stadium, London
Beastie Boys
Black Eyed Peas
Bloc Party
Corinne Bailey Rae
Damien Rice
David Gray
Duran Duran
Foo Fighters
Genesis
James Blunt
John Legend
Kasabian
Keane
Madonna
Metallica confirmed
Paolo Nutini
Pussycat Dolls
Razorlight
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rolling Stones cancelled
Snow Patrol
Spinal Tap
Terra Naomi

HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg
Chris Cornell
Enrique Iglesias
Jan Delay
Juli
Katie Melua
Lotto King Karl
Maná
Mando Diao
Maria Mena
MIA
Michael Mittermeier
Reamonn
Roger Cicero
Samy Deluxe
Sasha
Shakira
Silbermond
Snoop Dogg
Stefan Gwildis

Special Guest: Katarina Witt

Copacabana Beach,Rio de Janeiro
Jorge Ben Jor
Jota Quest
Lenny Kravitz
Macy Gray
Marcelo D2
MV Bill
O Rappa
Pharrell Williams
Vanessa Da Matta
XuXa

Makuhari Messe, Tokyo
Abingdon Boys School
Ai Otsuka
Ayaka
Cocco
Genki Rockets
Kumi Koda
Linkin Park
Rihanna
Rip Slyme
Rize

Coca-Cola Dome, in Northgate, Randburg
Angelique Kidjo
Baaba Maal
Danny K
Joss Stone
The Parlotones
The Soweto Gospel Choir
UB40
Vusi Mahlasela
Zola

Special Guest: Naomi Campbell

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
Anthony Wong
Eason Chan
Evonne Hsu
Huang Xiao Ming
Joey Yung and 12 Girls Band
Sarah Brightman
Winnie Shin

Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
Nunatak

For more information, visit

www.liveearth.msn.com