This year, SonicNet Music News provided complete
coverage of the historic two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert '98 at RFK Stadium
in Washington, D.C., which wrapped up on Sunday evening.
TFC-related activities are continuing Monday (June 15) with the "Free Tibet" rally being held
on the Capitol Hill lawn.
SonicNet Music News' concert coverage, which includes artist interviews, live
reviews, backstage reports, fan commentary and on-the-spot coverage of the
tragic lightning strike that injured 11 and put an end to the first day's events, can
be found in the Music News sections of SonicNet (www.sonicnet.com)
and Addicted To Noise (www.addict.com). For Saturday's and Sunday's reports,
check the news archive.
Despite Saturday's pre-empted show, many of the scheduled performers were
still able to play on Sunday. R.E.M., Radiohead, Sonic Youth and the Red Hot
Chili Peppers squeezed in performances on Sunday's packed schedule, which
also included Pulp and Pearl Jam, among others. Saturday's short show
featured artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Money Mark, Live, Mutaburuka and Herbie Hancock
and the Headhunters.
The Tibetan Freedom Concert was the second-largest benefit concert ever, with
an estimated 65,000 in attendance each day. The biggest benefit concert
was 1985's Live Aid concert that took place simultaneously at Philadelphia's JFK
Stadium and London's Wembley Stadium.
The first two Tibetan Freedom Concerts, held in 1996 and '97, raised more than
$1 million for the nonprofit Milarepa Fund, which distributes funds to
organizations that are working to free the Tibetan people from oppression by
the Chinese government.