Al Gore confirms 'Live Earth'

| 16 February 2007

Former Vice President issues eco-'SOS'

Live Earth will feature 100 artists playing across seven continents - including apparently the Antarctic - as part of a global, 24-hour gig on 7 July.

Gigs are also being planned for Japan, Brazil and America. 

The ambitous project is being launched by the Save Our Selves campaign, which, as the name suggests, is trying to protect the planet from environmental disaster by raising global awareness.

As previouly reported, Muse have already been approached to perform at one of the seven shows. The band are already committed to play Oxegen on that date, but have pledged to be part of Live Earth if both can be done.

Other acts expected to play include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Bloc Party, Keane, Snow Patrol, Snoop Dogg, Bon Jovi and Duran Duran

Organisers of the event say they will use renewable energy sources to power the concerts, employ recycling and biodegradable materials where possible and offset travel via carbon credits.

Proceeds from the global gig will boost Gore's movement The Alliance For Climate Protection.

The former Vice President said: "The most important part of 'SOS' is how individuals, corporations and governments respond."

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Photographer: Sara Bowrey

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