R.E.M. Members, Beastie Boys & More Set For Tibetan Freedom Concert

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo (photographed by ATN at last year's Tibetan Freedom Concert) and the rest of the band will be performing at this year's benefit concert.

An awesome line-up of artists will appear at this year's Tibetan Freedom

concert, including R.E.M. members Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Patti Smith, A

Tribe Called Quest, Porno For Pyros, Sonic Youth, Pavement and


The concert will take place at Downing Stadium, Randalls Island

in New York City on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, it was announced

yesterday. It will benefit the Milarepa Fund, which funds a number of

educational projects relating to the plight of the Tibetan people, and


For the June 7th show, the artists confirmed to appear are: A

Tribe Called Quest, the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, Bjork, Chaksam-Pa, De La

Soul, Foo Fighters, Ben Harper and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Sunday's show will feature Pavement, Porno For Pyros, Radiohead, Rancid,

Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, and Taj


Additional artists are expected to be announced in the weeks to

come, according to Milarepa Fund spokesperson Maria Ma.


guitarist/singer Scott Kannberg told ATN in early February that the group would

be playing this year's festival, and that they'd had a great time at last

year's event. "That was the best concert experience we've ever had," said

Kannberg. "Just the way they put it on, and the whole vibe to it was really

good. It was cool." The first Tibetan Freedom Festival was organized by Beastie

Boy Adam Yauch and Milarepa Fund co-founder Erin Potts. It was held in Golden

Gate Park's Polo Field on June 15 and 16. The line-up included the Smashing

Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Beck, the Fugees, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yoko Ono, Cibo

Matto, A Tribe Call Quest, De La Soul, the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili

Peppers, Richie Havens and others.

That concert--which attracted about

50,000 people per day--was put on by the Milarepa Fund working with San

Francisco's Bill Graham Productions; The Milarepa Fund netted over $800,000.

This year, the Milarepa Fund will be working with the New York-based

Delsener-Slater concert production company. Downing Stadium has a capacity of

about 28,000. Yauch has again been a key organizer; he has spent the past few

months securing talent for the event.

The Milarepa Fund organization is

dedicated to raising awareness about the oppression experienced by the Tibetan

people since the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese government.