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‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon set for Friday

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by 30daysout

Shakira will shake it for Haiti

Big name artists will turn up Friday for “Hope For Haiti Now” a televised fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief.  Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting will perform from New York;  from Los Angeles it’s Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow;  and Coldplay joins Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

The two-hour program will be simulcast on all major networks, HBO and music-themed cable channels and online at video sites including YouTube and Hulu. It will benefit on-the-ground-in-Haiti charities like Oxfam, Partners in Health, the Red Cross and Jean’s Yele Haiti organization (which may or may not be guilty of reported fund mismanagement). All the songs will also be available the next day on iTunes.

Christmas Song of the Day: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by 30daysout

After seeing a BBC report on famine in Ethiopia, Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof thought he needed to do something to try and stop all the suffering. On Nov. 25, 1984 he gathered some of the biggest acts in British and Irish pop music for one 24-hour period to record a tune he had written with Midge Ure titled “Do They Know It’s  Christmas?” Paul McCartney, U2, Phil Collins, Queen, Duran Duran, Boy George, George Michael, Sting, and many others took part in what started the “all star charity song” wave of the mid-80s.

The song sold a million copies it’s first week and 3.5 million overall. The single lead to “We Are the World” by USA for Africa, which eventually lead to “Live Aid,” an unprecedented concert event on two continents on July 15, 1985. While “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and others like it didn’t put an end to famine in Ethiopia, at least they got people talking about it.

Famine Relief in Ethiopia


Friday is Boss’ Day: Human Rights Now Tour, 1988

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , on May 2, 2008 by 30daysout

Despite having a number one album with Tunnel of Love, the bloom was starting to come off of Bruce Springsteen’s rose in the summer of 1988. The album fell quickly from the top spot and yielded only one hit single “Brilliant Disguise.” The subsequent Tunnel of Love Express Tour left many fans scratching their heads because, at times, it seemed more theatrical than musical (Born to Run acoustic?). Then a picture of Bruce and backup singer Patti Scialfa (he was separated from wife Julianne Phillips) in their underwear on an Italian balcony hit the tabloids and his “good guy” image seemed to fly out the window as fast as his pants.

During the Tunnel tour, Springsteen announced he was joining forces with Amnesty International, and superstars Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour on six-week world tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The tour was aimed at raising awareness of human rights abuses around the world. The Human Rights Now tour gave Springsteen the ability to play with other musicians, explore other types of music, and play to audiences in places like India and Africa for the first time.

Each show began with the ensemble belting out Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up,” and ended with Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom.” Springsteen also provided vocals on The Police classic “Every Breath You Take,” and Sting returned the favor on “The River.” Maybe it was just me, but you got the feeling watching him interact with the other musicians that the E Street Band wasn’t long for his world.

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