Puff Daddy, Sting, More Join NetAid As Lineups Are Announced; Bono Talks Wyclef

The three-venue NetAid concert event set for October 9 is turning out to be quite the extravaganza, indeed.

Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Busta Rhymes, Sting, Bryan Adams, Catatonia, Des’ree, Bryan Ferry, and Texas have all added to the collective NetAid lineup, which was announced at a press conference on Wednesday in New York City.

The acts join an already impressive list of NetAid artists including Wyclef Jean and Bono, Bush, Robbie Williams, Jimmy Page, Counting Crows, George Michael, Stereophonics, and Eurythmics, among others. Venues for performances by two other previously announced acts, Sheryl Crow and Jewel, have not yet been revealed.

Tickets for the NetAid show at Giants Stadium go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. (ET) at all New York and New Jersey Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. The Wembley show is already on sale, and the Palais des Nations show is invitation-only.

Meanwhile, fans may be wondering about Korn, Pete Townshend, and Celine Dion,
all of who had previously been announced as part of the lineup. Sources from Korn and Townshend’s management companies told MTV that neither artist was ever confirmed for the show; Dion’s management was unavailable for comment.

A source from NetAid told MTV News that there will be more confirmations in the coming weeks, but offered no reason why Korn, Townshend, and Dion were listed on earlier press releases.

For those who can’t make the concerts, they will be broadcast by both MTV and sister channel VH1 and will also be streamed live on the NetAid Web site (www.netaid.org) on two channels: one carrying the concert, the second showing backstage scenes.

All of the monies raised through NetAid’s Web site will be disbursed to anti-poverty projects around the world. Net proceeds from the concerts will be used to help specific populations in extreme poverty in Kosovo and African countries.

The lineups for NetAid as
announced on Wednesday:

At Giants Stadium in New Jersey:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Counting Crows
  • Wyclef Jean with Bono
  • Jimmy Page
  • Puff Daddy
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Sting with Cheb Mami
  • Zucchero

At Wembley Stadium in London:

  • Bryan Adams
  • David Bowie
  • Bush
  • Catatonia
  • The Corrs
  • Eurythmics
  • George Michael
  • Stereophonics
  • Robbie Williams

At the Palais des Nations in Geneva:

  • Des’ree
  • Bryan Ferry
  • Michael Kamen
  • Texas

– Brian Ives