From the Festival Files...
    • TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2007

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    Good news for Live Earth! Al Gore's 24-hour, seven-continent concert project has finally found a home for its U.S. installment, with New Jersey's Giants Staidum agreeing to host the massive gig. An official U.S. lineup has also been released, and the artists are (in alphabetical order): AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, John Mayer, Kayne West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Rihanna, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Police.

    The official lineup for London's show has also been announced, and Wembley Stadium is now set to host the following artists: Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Genesis, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, Madonna, Paolo Nutini, Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Snow Patrol. No word on the other continents' lineups yet, but the host cities are Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Maropeng (South Africa), Tokyo (Japan), Shanghai (China), and Sydney (Australia).

    The U.S. show will be the last installment of July 7th's concert mania, which is set to begin in Sydney. “Capping Live Earth with a blockbuster show like this will ensure we meet our challenge of building a mass audience to combat global warming,” says executive producer Kevin Wall. “Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming.” Former "next president" Al Gore, co-chair and political muscle of Live Earth, clarifies the concert's mission: “Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that’s needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis.”

    Tickets to the Giants Stadium show go on sale next Monday, April 16th, at 10 a.m. Visit Live Nation or call Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. Getting a spot at Wembley Stadium is a little more complicated, by MSN explains that process here.

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