The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Akon, A.F.I., Fall Out Boy, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill are among the participating artists being announced at a press conference in Los Angeles today. Though not all of the locations have been confirmed, organizer Kevin Wall, who spearheaded the Live 8 concerts in 2005, has a possible plan: “We’ll start in Shanghai, and go to Sydney and Rio De Janeiro and Washington D.C. and London and Johannesburg and finish the show in Kyoto at the old Buddhist temple where we would do an acoustic show and ask the world to take a breath.
One quibble: Couldn’t they have come up with a better title than “Live Earth”? We realize the most obvious idea was already taken, but this sounds like one of those rain-forest CDs they sell at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
UPDATE: Associated Press adds Melissa Etheridge, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Korn, Pharrell, the Black Eyed Peas, and Enrique Iglesias.
Breaking News: Al Gore Announces “Live Earth” Mega-Concert [Rollingstone.com]