Al Gore, Pop Music to Save World This Summer

Former VP Al Gore has just announced a giant charity concert for July 7. The “Live Earth” show will feature concerts on all of the continents (I’m totally going to the Antartica one) and run 24 hours, with a potential for 2 billion observers (via the Internet, TV, radio and other outlets).

The show will also feature “celebrities and thought leaders” (what, you can’t be a celebrity and a thought leader?) who will educate about the dangers of and solutions for global climate change. The shows are modeled after the Live 8 concerts, which were modeled on Live Aid, which was modeled on … well, you get the picture. Proceeds from the shows will be donated to various environmental groups.

The Pop-friendly lineup so far is no Bonnaroo or Coachella, but with 24 hours of music on seven continents, I would imagine every musician in the world will be added eventually. I’m going to go practice my guitar right now, just in case I’m needed. Here’s the bill:

Pharrell
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Foo Fighters
Snoop Dogg
Lenny Kravitz
Bon Jovi
Paolo Nutini
Sheryl Crow
AFI
Melissa Etheridge
John Mayer
Damien Rice
Corrine Bailey Rae
Duran Duran

Snow Patrol
John Legend
Black Eyed Peas
Akon
Enrique Iglesias
Fall Out Boy
Mana
Keane
Kelly Clarkson
Korn
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Ray LaMontagne
Robin Thicke
Kenna

If you’re like me and your first thought was, “Wow, fighting global warming with huge concerts — aren’t the concerts themselves just putting out more pollution and using too much energy?,” fear not. (Actually, my first thought was, “I wouldn’t pay to see any of the people on the bill,” but my environmental concerns came qucikly after.) Organizers are taking several steps to ensure it’s a green-friendly event — all energy used will come from renewable sources, for example. They hope their “Green Event Standard” becomes the blueprint for all concerts at some point.

— Mike Breen

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