For this year’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 17th, China is playing host to a massive free concert called the “Show of Peace“.
Organizers have already signed up such acts as the Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith (apparently, it’s the band’s guitarist, Joe Perry, that will be performing) and legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page — with others like Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, Green Day, and 50 Cent also in discussions to perform.
The event, which is being hailed as the first-ever global peace and environment concert in China, will be held in Beijing’s Olympic Green. “Tickets are free. You can’t charge for peace and green. It is going to be for everybody, it’s like China’s gift to the world and the people,” promoter Rick Garson told reporters. “What we are going to do is raise money, obviously, from sponsorship, international distribution, merchandising, Internet, ringtones, DVDs, CDs. That’s how we are doing it, it is being self-funded as we speak.”
Tuning into the whole “Live Earth” vibe, musician Jimmy Page got all esoteric saying, “This (concert) is a tribute to the power of music and its positive effect. Music has been one of the most powerful languages that speaks to the heart of the people around the world.”
Organizers are hoping more than 100,000 people attend the event. Hopefully, most of them won’t choke on Beijing’s air pollution in the process.