Ready, Steady, Go! Global green light for climate actionJuly 7, 2007 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Climate action, Climate change, Live Earth, London, Wembley | Leave a comment
Live Earth Makes Going Green Global
By D’ARCY DORAN 07.07.07, 1:34 PM ET
Aboriginal elders, virtual-reality performers, a holographic Al Gore and more than 100 of the biggest names in music – including Madonna, the Police and Kanye West – were taking to the stage on seven continents Saturday to fight climate change.
The Material Girl was flaunting her eco-friendly side as the headliner of an eclectic show at London’s newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium that included the Beastie Boys, the Pussycat Dolls and the Black Eyed Peas.
The drummers from Queen, the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers began the London concert, leading a battery of percussion set to flashing images of endangered animals, landfill heaps, wind farms and the Earth seen from space. They performed against a map of the world made from the painted tops of oil barrels.
The crowd – which was expected to swell to 65,000 – immediately rose to its feet as the reunited Genesis used its hit “Land of Confusion” to send an environmental message with Phil Collins urging fans to make the world “a place worth living in.”
Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas was among a handful of stars to write a song specifically about the climate crisis for Live Earth.
“The world is dying,” he rapped. “If people say it’s all right, they’re lying.”
The London show, like the gigs around the world, sought to