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A No Nukes reprise 32 years later

By Ed Payne, CNN
  • First No Nukes concerts were in 1979
  • This year's show will be held August 7 in Mountain View, California
  • Headliners include Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt

(CNN) -- Energized by the Japanese nuclear disaster, many of the performers from the No Nukes concerts of 1979 will regroup this summer for a 2011 version.

No Nukes alums Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and the Doobie Brothers will headline the August 7 show in Mountain View, California.

Promoters say "special guests" are coming together for the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) benefit, but the early list includes Jason Mraz, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Japanese artist Kitaro.

"We're so lucky to have been able to bring back some of the original MUSE team to collaborate with some new and younger artists for MUSE 2," said Bonnie Raitt. "I'm excited to be a part of this important and truly collaborative effort. It's going to be a very special, one of a kind event."

The No Nukes concerts of 32 years ago were commemorated in a 27-track album recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York. It sold more than 500,000 copies.

An emerging Bruce Springsteen -- yet to hit his commercial zenith with 1984's "Born in the U.S.A." -- scored the album's breakout song with his cover of Mitch Ryder's "Devil with a Blue Dress Medley."

The original concerts also included artists as diverse as Tom Petty, Chaka Khan, Poco and Ry Cooder.

Unlike the 1979 shows, this No Nukes concert has a rallying point -- the meltdown at Japan's

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

"The disaster in Fukushima is not only a disaster for Japan. It is a global disaster," said Browne. "We join with the people of Japan, and people everywhere who believe in a non-nuclear future."

CNN's Denise Quan contributed to this report