Musicians rock planet Earth


Summary

Microsoft web portal MSN says the global performances has generated more than nine million internet streams so far.

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With the concerts for climate change wrapping up in Brazil, MSN says the number of people watching them online has already surpassed the previous record held by 2005's Live 8 global concerts to fight poverty.

The concerts shook a Rio de Janeiro beach in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Brazilian actress and singer Xuxa opened the show on the world-famous Copacabana Beach.

"We are all guilty," Xuxa, told the crowd. "We waste paper, water, energy and many other things…. It is not just for Americans. This is a concert for the whole world."

The Rio concert was the only one of the Live Earth series with free admission, and organisers expected some 700,000 people.

Hot rhythms were to dominate in Copacabana, with a winter temperature.

On the 1,000-square-metre stage, Lenny Kravitz and Macy Gray were also set to perform, with local acts including Brazilian Culture Minister Gilberto Gil, a popular singer-songwriter long before he entered politics.

In the US, rappers, rockers and country stars took the stage.

"Times like these demand action," said former Vice President Al Gore, speaking to the sold-out crowd of about 52,000 fans in New Jersey's Giants Stadium.

With other shows in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and even a performance by a band of scientists at a research station in Antarctica organisers promised the biggest musical event ever staged, dwarfing the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts.

Live Earth venues featured aboriginal elders, chimpanzee calls from scientist Jane Goodall, a holographic Gore and more than 100 of the biggest names in music including Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and the Beastie Boys.

The concerts are backed by Gore, whose campaign to force global warming onto the international political stage inspired the event. At concerts around the world, musicians and celebrities encouraged fans and one another to take little steps, such as not leaving electrical devices plugged in when not in use, or changing to low-energy light bulbs.

At the London show, the stadium's nonessential lights were turned off before the closing act Madonna came onstage, leaving the venue dark except for the glow of exit lights and the flashes of cameras.

"Let's hope the concerts that are happening around the world are not just about entertainment, but about starting a revolution," said Madonna, who sang a song she wrote for Live Earth called "Hey You."

The Beastie Boys wore their feelings on their sleeves, performing a furious set of their hits in tailored green suits and shades when they took the stage at Wembley Stadium.

"Let's all try to do our parts and see if we can get it together," Beastie Boy Adam Yauch told the crowd.

In New Jersey, rocker Melissa Etheridge pounded out her song "I Need to Wake Up," which was featured in Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," and won an Oscar for best song this year.

Gore made a live video appearance from Washington to open the first show on the other side of the world in Sydney. He took the technology a step further a few hours later, appearing onstage in Tokyo as a hologram.

"Global warming is the greatest challenge facing our planet, and the gravest we've ever faced," said Gore, who in his holographic appearance wore the only suit in sight.

"But it's one problem we can solve if we come together as one and take action and drive our neighbors, businesses and governments to act as well. That's what Live Earth is all about."

Organizers promised the huge shows were made green by using recycled goods and buying carbon credits to offset the inevitable high power bills.

Critics say that Live Earth lacks achievable goals, and that jet-setting rock stars whose amplifier stacks chew through power may send mixed messages about energy conservation. On her tour last year, Madonna produced an estimated 485 tons of carbon dioxide in four months, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

In Sydney, an estimated 50,000 people grooved through a set by former professional surfer-cum singer-guitarist Jack Johnson, banged their heads to afro-haired 1970s retro rockers Wolfmother, and gave a re-formed Crowded House a rapturous homecoming.

Neil Finn, the singer-guitarist who penned the band's 1987 breakthrough "Don't Dream It's Over," said Saturday's event drew a line in the sand for rock concerts: from now on, offsetting the carbon emissions caused by powering big shows must be factored into the cost of putting them on.

Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood opened the concert in Washington with a rendition of "We Shall Be Free."

The Tokyo concert kicked off with a high-tech, laser- and light-drenched performance by virtual-reality act Genki Rockets. Later, popular Japanese singer Ayaka urged fans to take up the concerts' theme of changing their daily habits as a first step to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

In Shanghai, a lineup of largely local acts was joined by British singer Sarah Brightman. The show was less a concert than a made for television event, with an audience of just 3,000, seated on bleachers arranged before the riverside Oriental Pearl television tower.

Aboriginal tribal leaders with white-painted bodies and shaking eucalyptus fronds were the first to take the stage in Sydney, singing and dancing a traditional welcome to the sounds of a didgeridoo, a wind pipe made from a hollow tree branch.

The shows appeared to come off without major hitches despite some 11th-hour planning. The concert in Washington was added Friday, and a Brazilian judge rejected a last-minute bid to shut down South America's Live Earth concert after a prosecutor had argued safety could not be guaranteed for an audience of 700,000 on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 anti-poverty concerts, thought Gore's energies were misplaced.

"I hope they're a success," Geldof said. "But why is he (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all … conscious of global warming."


Microsoft web portal MSN says the global performances has generated more than nine million internet streams so far.

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With the concerts for climate change wrapping up in Brazil, MSN says the number of people watching them online has already surpassed the previous record held by 2005's Live 8 global concerts to fight poverty.

The concerts shook a Rio de Janeiro beach in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Brazilian actress and singer Xuxa opened the show on the world-famous Copacabana Beach.

"We are all guilty," Xuxa, told the crowd. "We waste paper, water, energy and many other things…. It is not just for Americans. This is a concert for the whole world."

The Rio concert was the only one of the Live Earth series with free admission, and organisers expected some 700,000 people.

Hot rhythms were to dominate in Copacabana, with a winter temperature.

On the 1,000-square-metre stage, Lenny Kravitz and Macy Gray were also set to perform, with local acts including Brazilian Culture Minister Gilberto Gil, a popular singer-songwriter long before he entered politics.

In the US, rappers, rockers and country stars took the stage.

"Times like these demand action," said former Vice President Al Gore, speaking to the sold-out crowd of about 52,000 fans in New Jersey's Giants Stadium.

With other shows in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and even a performance by a band of scientists at a research station in Antarctica organisers promised the biggest musical event ever staged, dwarfing the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts.

Live Earth venues featured aboriginal elders, chimpanzee calls from scientist Jane Goodall, a holographic Gore and more than 100 of the biggest names in music including Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and the Beastie Boys.

The concerts are backed by Gore, whose campaign to force global warming onto the international political stage inspired the event. At concerts around the world, musicians and celebrities encouraged fans and one another to take little steps, such as not leaving electrical devices plugged in when not in use, or changing to low-energy light bulbs.

At the London show, the stadium's nonessential lights were turned off before the closing act Madonna came onstage, leaving the venue dark except for the glow of exit lights and the flashes of cameras.

"Let's hope the concerts that are happening around the world are not just about entertainment, but about starting a revolution," said Madonna, who sang a song she wrote for Live Earth called "Hey You."

The Beastie Boys wore their feelings on their sleeves, performing a furious set of their hits in tailored green suits and shades when they took the stage at Wembley Stadium.

"Let's all try to do our parts and see if we can get it together," Beastie Boy Adam Yauch told the crowd.

In New Jersey, rocker Melissa Etheridge pounded out her song "I Need to Wake Up," which was featured in Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," and won an Oscar for best song this year.

Gore made a live video appearance from Washington to open the first show on the other side of the world in Sydney. He took the technology a step further a few hours later, appearing onstage in Tokyo as a hologram.

"Global warming is the greatest challenge facing our planet, and the gravest we've ever faced," said Gore, who in his holographic appearance wore the only suit in sight.

"But it's one problem we can solve if we come together as one and take action and drive our neighbors, businesses and governments to act as well. That's what Live Earth is all about."

Organizers promised the huge shows were made green by using recycled goods and buying carbon credits to offset the inevitable high power bills.

Critics say that Live Earth lacks achievable goals, and that jet-setting rock stars whose amplifier stacks chew through power may send mixed messages about energy conservation. On her tour last year, Madonna produced an estimated 485 tons of carbon dioxide in four months, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

In Sydney, an estimated 50,000 people grooved through a set by former professional surfer-cum singer-guitarist Jack Johnson, banged their heads to afro-haired 1970s retro rockers Wolfmother, and gave a re-formed Crowded House a rapturous homecoming.

Neil Finn, the singer-guitarist who penned the band's 1987 breakthrough "Don't Dream It's Over," said Saturday's event drew a line in the sand for rock concerts: from now on, offsetting the carbon emissions caused by powering big shows must be factored into the cost of putting them on.

Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood opened the concert in Washington with a rendition of "We Shall Be Free."

The Tokyo concert kicked off with a high-tech, laser- and light-drenched performance by virtual-reality act Genki Rockets. Later, popular Japanese singer Ayaka urged fans to take up the concerts' theme of changing their daily habits as a first step to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

In Shanghai, a lineup of largely local acts was joined by British singer Sarah Brightman. The show was less a concert than a made for television event, with an audience of just 3,000, seated on bleachers arranged before the riverside Oriental Pearl television tower.

Aboriginal tribal leaders with white-painted bodies and shaking eucalyptus fronds were the first to take the stage in Sydney, singing and dancing a traditional welcome to the sounds of a didgeridoo, a wind pipe made from a hollow tree branch.

The shows appeared to come off without major hitches despite some 11th-hour planning. The concert in Washington was added Friday, and a Brazilian judge rejected a last-minute bid to shut down South America's Live Earth concert after a prosecutor had argued safety could not be guaranteed for an audience of 700,000 on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 anti-poverty concerts, thought Gore's energies were misplaced.

"I hope they're a success," Geldof said. "But why is he (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all … conscious of global warming."