September 22, 2008

Mumbai To Host Next Live Earth Concert

Live Earth founder Kevin Wall said the group's next concert will be take place in Mumbai, India, and will feature acts such as Jon Bon Jovi and Amitabh Backchan.

The December 7 concert, described as one of the biggest events ever held in India, aims to raise money for lighting homes with solar energy in places where people do not have access to electricity.

"(Former Vice President) Al Gore asked me whether we could do this in India, and I said yes," Wall told Reuters from Mumbai.

"This is going to be huge."

"Jon Bon Jovi is just one name and Mr. Backchan is just one name, but there will be a lot of international artists," he said, describing Mr. Backchan as Bollywood's biggest superstar.

Wall organized a series of concerts last year with the former vice-president Al Gore, and said the December concert would be telecast live in more than 100 countries.

Speaking via satellite during a Dubai news conference Thursday, Gore said India could provide the leadership required to foster progress in the world's climate change policies.

The concert's proceeds will go to the "Light A Billion Lives campaign," supported by Nobel Prize-winner Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation's Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

More than 1.6 billion people throughout the world do not have access to electricity, Pachauri said. 

The initiative will target villages in countries like India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Malawi, he said, adding that organizers will set up giant screens and distribute televisions in remote villages for the event.


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