Washington has been added as a host city for this Saturday’s worldwide series of Live Earth concerts, former Vice President Al Gore, a co-organizer of the shows, said on Friday.
The concert to raise climate change awareness will be on the Mall, a vast park located between the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial, and will include married country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Gore told the “CBS Early Show.”
An earlier bid to stage the concert in Washington fell through when other music groups had already obtained permits for the Mall and some Republicans in Congress blocked an effort to move it to the Capitol grounds.
Gore said the Museum of the American Indian, which is located on the Mall, had agreed to host the event and Native American musical group Blues Nation would also perform.
Other Live Earth concerts will be held in Rio de Janeiro, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hamburg, Germany, and East Rutherford, New Jersey.