Gore Promoting Concerts To Publicize Climate Change


The Washington Post has more information on the concerts to promote informatoin on climate change which I previously noted:

Al Gore’s next gig: concert promoter.

Using popular music to bring attention to his pet issue of global climate change, the former vice president is planning a single-day series of concerts modeled after Live 8.

Gore is scheduled to announce the concerts today in Los Angeles. He’s expected to be joined there by rock stars Jon Bon Jovi and Sting, rap musician Pharrell Williams and media executive Kevin Wall, who served as worldwide executive producer for Live 8, the 2005 concerts that drew attention to African debt relief.

The Gore-promoted event will be held July 7, according to published reports, with seven major concerts on seven continents. Producers are said to be considering Washington as the North American host city, but one likely venue — the Mall — might be unavailable to them, a National Park Service spokesman said yesterday.

A Gore representative declined to comment, as did Yusef Robb, a spokesman for the concerts.

Gore’s profile has been rising in the entertainment industry lately: He was a presenter at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, and “An Inconvenient Truth,” his movie about global warming, is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Details of the July 7 event have been guarded as closely as a National Intelligence Estimate. The event’s official name has not yet been announced (it will be either “Live Earth” or “Save Ourselves,” according to Advertising Age), and no performers or host cities have been publicly confirmed. A bare-bones Web site, http://saveourselves.com, offered little beyond the 7/7/07 date and a logo of dots and dashes — Morse code for “SOS.”

The Financial Times, which reported the event last week, listed London; Shanghai; Rio de Janeiro; Cape Town, South Africa; Kyoto, Japan; and Washington among the host cities.

Gore’s relationship with the music industry was also seen in his recent appearance at the Grammy Awards–pictured above with Queen Latifah.

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