Logistical issues and scheduling complications have postponed the London
debut of the Tibetan Freedom Concert.
Scheduled for September 15 at London’s Brockwell Park, the festival was to
feature organizers the Beastie Boys, along with Joe Strummer, Pulp,
Morcheeba and others (see “Beastie Boys, Joe Strummer To Play Tibetan
Freedom Concert In London” ).
“We will take this time to continue our political work and to transfer the
energy generated in the planning of the London event to an alternative event
to be announced at a later date,” organizers said in a statement Friday.
This year’s Tibetan Freedom Concert would have been the first since several
were staged simultaneously around the world in the summer of 1999. The
Beastie Boys played in East Troy, Wisconsin, that year, and have not taken a
stage together since. They were slated to co-headline the Rhyme and Reason
tour with Rage Against the Machine last fall, but it was canceled after Mike
D was injured in a bicycling accident (see “Beasties-Rage Cancel ’Rhyme &
Reason'; Yauch Talks DVD” ).
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch started the Tibetan Freedom Concert series in 1996
with the intention of raising awareness of the situation in Tibet, whose
people have struggled since 1959 to regain their freedom from China.
Tibetan Freedom Concert organizers asked fans to continue to support Tibet,
despite the postponement.
“To all the fans who waited so eagerly for this opportunity to show their
support for the Tibetan cause, we would like to encourage you to stay
involved,” they said in a statement. “This is a critical time for the people
of Tibet; now, more than ever, they need your help. The Milarepa Fund, Free
Tibet Campaign, and Students for a Free Tibet offer numerous ways to participate in this worthy cause.”