Live Earth concerts will be held July 7 in cities around the world, including London, aimed at raising climate change awareness.
Madonna, the Beastie Boys and Black Eyed Peas will headline the concert at Wembley stadium in London. They will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keane, Foo Fighters and others.
Headliners for the U.S. concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., include Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Kanye West, Rihanna, John Mayer, Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy, it was announced Tuesday.
Other shows will take place in Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Organizers have also promised an event in Antarctica.
The concerts mark the start of a new campaign called Save Our Selves, The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis.
“This monster lineup will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis,” Live Earth Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Wall said in a statement Tuesday. “Musicians who have answered our call span multiple genres and generations.”
The concerts will be broadcast in the U.S. by General Electric Co.’s NBC network and on more than 120 networks around the world, and streamed live online.
Promoters hope the concerts will reach an audience of 2 billion people. Proceeds will create a foundation to combat climate change led by The Alliance for Climate Protection, which is chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.
Crow traveling on biodiesel bus
In related music news, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow began a bus tour of U.S. colleges Monday to raise awareness about global warming.
Crow will speak about the issue and sing at the college stops.
“I am here because the more I learn about global warming the more I feel compelled to do something in my own way whatever that is,” she told reporters at Southern Methodist University in Dallas as the tour began.
Accompanied by global warming activist Laurie David, Crow is traveling in a biodiesel-powered bus to university campuses with a final stop in Washington for Earth Day on April 22.
Texas was chosen as the starting point because it leads all U.S. states in fossil fuel emissions, with its heavy industry and love affair with big pick-up trucks.
Other celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah have joined the campaign to reduce fossil fuel emissions and curb climate change.