Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Massive corporate climate change gig a pathetic corporate farce

April 11, 2007 - Australia hosts Live Earth gig

Washed-up ageing rock-stars, The Police, Madonna and Bon Jovi are among the litany of confused and sychophantic millionare recording-industry darlings, who will perform in the "Live Earth" concerts - allegedly aimed at raising awareness of climate change. Microsoft, Pepsi and other dubious companies have joined Live Earth as corporate partners...
Organisers say top-selling artists had rushed to be seen to be part of the deal, which has been compared by some to the hopeless and ill-affecting "Live Aid" concerts held around the world in the 1980s.

Here is their website:

Control Room, a provider of homogenised, commodified digital entertainment is the executive producer of the upcoming worldwide Live Earth concerts

Promoters say the Live Earth series will be held in seven major cities on July 7, 2007 - New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro. Without fully realising the impact of such an event, the corporate organisers have also promised an event in Antarctica!

The tired and embarrassing Sydney line-up is expected to be announced later. The John Butler Trio and Wolfmother have already revealed they'll perform to avoid real responsibility for their part in the rapacious destruction of the Earth's fragile ecosystem. Horrible rumours that Silverchair will be on the bill, and that Midnight Oil, with its mainstream Labor politician-singer Peter Garrett, will play some role in the event abound.

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, Snow Patrol are just some of the artists needing publicity.

The concerts mark the start of another seemingly pointless campaign called Save Our Selves (SOS) - The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis. Microsoft says the concerts will be broadcast by more than 120 networks around the world, and streamed live online. Promoters hope the concerts will reach an audience of two billion people.

Proceeds will go to former US vice president Al Gore. Gore, who has won widespread acclaim for his climate change film An Inconvenient Truth, said he hoped the energy created by Live Earth would "jump-start a massive public education effort".

What a fucking crock of shit...



Anonymous said...

You're a cynic. Just because you can't see the effects these concerts are having on people doesn't mean there isn't one. And if even one more person is informed about global warming then there's one less person polluting our environment. Keep persevering and all the people add up. And I don't see you selling thousands of records so you can hardly critisize the recording artists. As for the "confused and sycophantic millionaire recording industry darlings" I very much doubt they're as sycophantic as you think. The recording industry is probably falling over themselves to kiss their asses when their contracts come due. Also, I can hardly see you giving away everything you own and going on a pilgrimage to save the world from the bottom up, so how can you begrudge them doing what they do and also raising awareness at the same time.

Your article is the fucking crock of shit.

XXX said...

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