NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Organizers of this summer’s Live Earth festival have announced 18 of the headliners who will perform at the U.S. leg of the 7-continent, 24-hour concerts on 7/7/07, as well as the featured acts at several other locations. The U.S. concert will be held at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, according to Live Earth Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Wall.
The global concert will begin in Sydney and continue across all 7 continents, concluding with the U.S. show.
The featured acts at Giants Stadium will include The Police, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, AFI, John Mayer, Rihanna, KT Tunstall and Akon.
“We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort,” Live Earth Co-Chair Vice President Al Gore said. “Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that’s needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis.”
The London concert will feature Genesis, Beastie Boys, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Bloc Party, David Gray, Foo Fighters, Razorlight, Paolo Nutini, Keane, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, Black Eyed Peas, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Blunt and John Legend.
The concerts will also be streamed live on 7/7/07 at LiveEarth.MSN.com, helping the performances reach every corner of the globe. The concerts will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on more than 120 networks around the world.
Wall also announced that Smart Car, Stonyfield Farm and Pepsi have joined Live Earth as corporate partners. In addition to working with Live Earth to create corporate efforts to combat global warming, this growing list of partners will help ensure a mass audience for Live Earth is reached. These efforts will be detailed at a later date.
Wall also announced today that Live Earth will stage concerts at Sydney's Aussie Stadium; Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach; Johannesburg's Cradle of Human Kind; Tokyo's Tokyo Stadium and the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai.
Tickets for the U.S. concert go on sale at 10AM on Monday, April 16, and will be available at livenation.com/liveearth. All proceeds will go to the Alliance for Climate Protection and other international NGOs. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers