Last night, 11,000 fans in California came out to hear classic rock legends join Jason Mraz and Tom Morello — all in the name of clean energy.
The Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concert returned classic rockers Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt to the stage 32 years after their fabled 1979 “No Nukes” concerts. This show was set up to bring awareness to the hazards of nuclear energy, especially in light of the March Fukishima power plant accident. A portion of the proceeds from last night’s concert will benefit Japan disaster relief in addition to non-nuclear organizations. Jason Mraz tweeted backstage: “I’m thrilled to be here at the MUSE concert to help Japan & call attention to the urgent need for clean energy alternatives.”
The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California seemed to be a perfect fit for the show. The venue is a member of the Green Music Group and is one of the most eco-friendly venues in the country. Its concert stage is powered by an integrated system of clean energy sources, using solar, biodiesel, and wind technologies.
And the show rocked the (solar-powered) house. A reporter from the San Jose Mercury News proclaimed that Tom Morello’s “epic guitar lead at the end of Bruce Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” might have been the best two minutes of live music I’ve seen all summer.” Although my Bay Area tweep hbartlet1 also seconded the nod to Morello’s performance, her favorite moment of the night was Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel from Montgomery.” She told me that “It was great to see so many people turning out to support a good cause.” I believe it! If I lived anywhere near San Mateo County, I would’ve gotten my rear to the show.
How about you? Would you have gone to the MUSE concert if it were in your backyard?
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