After months of speculation, organizers for the multinational NetAid concerts have finally announced who will perform at the October 9 event.
Fugees leader Wyclef Jean and U2 singer Bono, who have already collaborated on a song to benefit NetAid and the Wyclef Jean Foundation (see “Wyclef Records Charity Single With Bono, Preps For Woodstock” ), have signed on to the extravaganza, which is set to take place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Wembley Stadium in London, and the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Bush, the Corrs, Counting Crows, Celine Dion, the recently reunited Eurythmics, Jewel, George Michael, and Robbie Williams have also been tapped to perform, as well as former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and the Who’s Pete Townshend.
The benefit has been organized in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program to help refugees in Africa and Kosovo, and proceeds will also establish a NetAid Foundation for long-term
A total of 110,000 tickets for the London and New York area concerts will be available to the public. Tickets for Wembley go on sale August 24, and tickets for Giants Stadium go on sale September 8, the same day that NetAid’s Web site is launched. The Geneva concert is by invitation only.
Concert organizers have said that a limited number of artists will be added to the shows, with no hint of whom these artists may be. When word of the concert first leaked out in April, it was said that organizers were interested in Sting, Lauryn Hill, and U2 (see “’Net Aid’ Looks To Lauryn Hill, U2, Sting To End Poverty” ).