Some of the world's biggest names in music were all about Saving Our Selves this weekend.
SOS, of course, refers to the campaign being touted Saturday worldwide at the seven-continent, 24-hour Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis extravaganza, a worldwide shout-out to individuals, political leaders, corporations and every other entity capable of helping put a stop to the environmental scourge that is global warming.
In a partnership with Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection and other U.S.-based and international organizations, Live 8 executive producer Kevin Wall put together a bill that included the Police, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Roger Waters, John Mayer, the Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys and more than 100 others for 10 shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; London; Hamburg, Germany; Shanghai, China; Tokyo; Sydney; Johannesburg, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Antarctica (which, yes, featured penguins).
Kicking off in Sydney Friday afternoon (U.S. time) with a performance by the Aussie band Blue King Brown and wrapping up Saturday night to the strains of the Police, Kanye West and John Mayer sending out an SOS in a "Message in a Bottle" at New Jersey's Giants Stadium, Live Earth entertained, excited, sought to educate and pleaded with hundreds of millions of people who, if they couldnít be at one of the concerts, could watch online or on more than 100 TV networks (NBC Universal held exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights) or listen on satellite radio.
Bands big and small trotted out their most appropriately titled tunes in keeping with the message-minded theme, from Melissa Etheridge's Oscar-winning "I Need to Wake Up" from the documentary heard round the world (most importantly in Hollywood) An Inconvenient Truth to Dave Matthews' "Donít Drink the Water" and "One Sweet World" to John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" to Duran Duran's "Planet Earth."
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