Sunday, July 08, 2007
Notes from Live Earth
Live Earth, the global mega-concert for the environment, ended with the crowd on its feet, going wild for "Message In A Bottle" as Kanye West and John Mayer joined The Police onstage for the final hurrah at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

This last leg of the Live Earth day was an eight-hour concert event featuring an impressive lineup, including Melissa Etheridge, KT Tunstall, Dave Matthews Band and Keith Urban.

All the artists performed for free, passionate about the cause. Keith Urban told me it was a challenge for many of the artists to actually make it to New Jersey because they were on summer tours ... but they did.

Urban played in Dallas Friday night, arriving in New York around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. He was then up for his soundcheck at 8 a.m., then back onstage that afternoon to perform.

He said even though the trip and schedule were difficult, it was well worth it. Urban was planning to hop on a plane right after our interview to go see his wife, Nicole Kidman, in Australia where she is filming a movie. He couldn't wait to see her ... and get some shut-eye.

As is the norm when covering a large-scale event, my crew and I were hit with some unexpected challenges and surprises. The power blew out in the area in which we were set to do an interview with Tunstall minutes before we were to go live on CNN.

We scrambled to set up an alternate location about 100 yards away, but the publicist for the concert wouldn't allow KT to walk that distance through the crowd. As they waited on a golf-cart escort, the minutes ticked away and I ultimately had to tap dance for CNN and CNN International without KT because -- naturally -- the golf cart didn't show up in time.

KT and I did finally get to chat on camera, and she was terrific -- an environmentalist since she was a kid. She has offset carbon emissions from the making of her CD by planting a forest of 6,000 trees in Scotland, and she uses bio-diesel in her tour buses.

The day was hectic, but I did get a chance to take in a few performances. Roger Waters (founder of Pink Floyd), Kanye West, and The Police were incredible! The audience even did the wave a few times before the Police took the stage. You could feel the excitement, both for the music and the message. (Check out our gallery)

The success of Live Earth will be difficult to gauge. Al Gore hopes people are inspired to make personal changes in their lives and put pressure on political leaders to change policies on pollution. He maintains the event was more about raising consciousness and less about raising money.

That's a wrap from Live Earth!
If Keith Urban is so concerned about what's happening to our planet then why is he continually hopping on planes(many of them being private planes on which he is the only passenger) and flying all over the world? Doesn't he know that the burning of aircraft fuel is the biggest contributor to to the Greenhouse Effect? Or was his Live Earth appearance just another self-indulgent publicity stunt?
So a bunch of musicians getting together to sing for 8 hours is suppose to influence me to take better care of this planet? Oh please, either we were raised to have respect for this earth and pick up after ourselves or we don't. I have never thrown trash on the ground much less spit my gum on the sidewalk yet I've seen countless people do it without a second thought. Don't get me started about people who make a drive to the corner mini mart instead of just walking over there.
How can a no-talent hack like Kanye WORST share a stage with actual working musicians like The Police. Shouldn't he feel ashamed of himself to be in the company of greatness and contributing nothing.
Live Earth was a bunch of hypocrites getting together to shove their message down the throats of us all. I enjoy music and concerts, but for this event to take place, massive amounts of energy was wasted in order to "save the planet." Perhaps Al Gore can exercise personal change in his efforts to save the planet and not put on an event like this EVER AGAIN. How much garbage was generated by this event? How many gallons of fuel was wasted to transport the celebrities and their crew to these events, not to mention the million plus people who went to these shows across the planet?

There's a whiff of hypocrisy here. It appears that producing such an event probably contributed to the pollution problem they are trying to make everyone aware of. I wonder if there was another way?

p.s. Wasn't Guns N' Roses supposed to perform? I would have liked that.
i worked the event in New York (NJ) and was amazed this global event was pulled off - even if it was a rock concert first - the message being sent around the globe was pretty clear about the need to do our (own) part - from getting more efficient light bulbs and conserving energy, to opening our minds to new forms and possibilities when it comes to fuels and transportation. it's about getting smarter. too bad most people find the time to be critics of live earth and don't really stop to hear what's actually being said.
Some of it was good. Some of it was dull. Mostly it was a bunch of rich self- satisfied people who probably didn't change enough minds on global warming to justify the expense, not to mention the carbon footprint.
Obviously, the message is the important part....but I did find it interesting that you didn't mention Bon Jovi at all in that line up.
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