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Live Earth Ready To Rock Your World

Of the Oakland Press

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If Al Gore has his way, planet Earth will be the beneficiary of Saturday’s (July 7th) Live Earth global concert.

Taking place in 10 venues around the planet, including Antarctica, the former U.S. vice president and his Save Our Selves organization hope to encourage a hoped-for 2 billion people to confront global warming and engage in carbon-neutral and eco-friendly practices. The lure is 150 groups and artists — including the Police, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Metallica, the Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Kanye West and Spinal Tap with Ricky Gervais — playing in the same manner as 1985’s Live Aid and 2005’s Live 8.

“I think Al’s the smartest man I’ve ever met,” Jon Bon Jovi says. “I’d do anything for him, so, sure, a couple songs on a hot July night, why not?”

The event has received criticism from some quarters for the energy it will take to put the shows on, while others — notably Live Aid and Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof and the Who’s Roger Daltrey — have bemoaned its lack of a concrete final goal.

But Jack Johnson, who’s playing in Australia, says, “I’m sure they will take all the steps to do it as lowimpact as possible on the environment and it ends up being something everybody’s proud to play.”

The show, and shows, will go on in any event, and they’re readily available for those staying at home rather than journeying to East Rutherford, N.J. (the U.S. venue), or other locales. WDIV-Channel 4 will air a three-hour highlights program 8-11 p.m. Saturday, while several cable networks will carry more extensive coverage: Sundance Channel begins at 7 a.m., Bravo starts at 9 a.m. and CNBC rolls at 7 p.m. MSNBC, meanwhile, will check in throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.liveearth.org.

Web Site: www.liveearth.org

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