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Live Earth Concert - ticket registration opens

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Story by Jack Foley

TICKET registration for the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium on July 7, 2007, has officially opened.

Fans who want tickets must register online before 12 noon on Monday, April 16, 2007. Tickets costing £55 and limited to just two per person, will then be allocated by ballot.

Previously Posted: Stars taking part in the London leg of the worldwide Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007, include Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Razorlight, Keane, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, the Black Eyed Peas and Genesis.

They will be joined at the new Wembley Stadium by the Beastie Boys, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, the Foo Fighters, James Blunt, John Legend and Paolo Nutini.

Announcing details of the concert, Live Earth founder Kevin Wall said:

“This monster line-up will ensure Live Earth meets our goal of bringing together people from around the world to combat the climate crisis. Live Earth will not only span all seven continents, but the musicians who have answered our call span multiple genres and generations.”

And ex-US Vice President Al Gore, who is heading a global publicity drive on climate change known as SOS (Save Our Selves), said:

“By attracting an audience of billions, we hope Live Earth will launch a global campaign giving a critical mass of people around the world the tools they need to help solve the climate crisis. But ultimately, corporations and governments must become global leaders taking decisive action to stop global warming.”

It’s hoped that more than two billion people will have access to the 24-hour event – either on television or radio, or online.

Previously Posted: Wembley Stadium is to host one of eight World Climate concerts this summer (2007) aimed at highlighting the threat of global warming.

More than 100 of the world’s top musicians will perform at the worldwide concerts, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keane, Black Eyed Peas, Muse (pictured), Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Duran Duran.

The concert series was announced at a press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday (February 15, 2007) by ex-US Vice President Al Gore, when he was joined by actress Cameron Diaz and rapper Pharrell Williams, who will also perform at one of the shows.

The shows will take place on July 7, 2007 (or 07/07/07) and will also take place in the US, Brazil, Japan, Antarctica, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Sydney.

Gore has been a strong campaigner on environmental issues since losing out in the US Presidential elections to George Bush.

He released a global warming documentary last year entitled An Inconvenient Truth, which is currently in the running for two Oscars.

Commenting at the press launch, Mr Gore said: “We have to get the message of urgency and hope out. The climate crisis will only be stopped by an unprecedented and sustained global movement.”

Futher artists confirmed for the Live Earth concerts include Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz and the Foo Fighters.

Other British performers include Bloc Party and Paolo Nutini, while Muse hope to be able to take part if they can change their schedule – as they already have a gig lined up in Ireland on the same date.

The London show will coincide with the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 52 people in London.

But a spokesman for the show told BBC Radio Five Live: “We think it’s an auspicious date. We want to fill Londoners with hope on that date.”

Proceeds from the concerts will go towards the creation of a foundation to combat climate change led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, which is chaired by Mr Gore.

Kevin Wall will produce the gigs, having won an Emmy Award for producing the Live 8 concerts in 2005.

He revealed that each concert will last from four to eight hours and will feature a mix of big names and local talent geared towards regional audiences.

The organisers hope that Live Earth “will become the model for carbon neutral concerts and other live events in the future”.