U2 Cancels Philly Show; Expected To Play For Tibet

N. Carolina show axed as well after video screen takes a shower.

With the band's recent cancellations and additions to their tour

schedule, U2 fans may soon need scorecards to keep track of the Irish quartet

as they make their way around the U.S.

Here's a quick summary of what's

new:

North Carolina fans are out of luck; some Philadelphia fans will most

certainly be disappointed; while New York fans appear to have lucked out in a

big way. (Stay tuned for updates.)

In a strange turn of events, U2 canceled

today's PopMart show in Raleigh, North Carolina, after leaving the world's

largest video screen out in the rain during their recent stay in Washington,

D.C. U2's publicists released a statement explaining that the mammoth gadget

sustained formidable damage during the D.C. storms, and will take three days of

indoor repairs to fix.

More intriguing, however, is that U2 has also

canceled its June 7 stop in Philadelphia--and that the group is now all but

sure to appear at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York on that day instead.

But nothing is etched in stone for now. (In fact, tickets remain on sale for

the band's June 8 Philly show.)

Maria Ma, a spokesperson for the

compassion-promoting Milarepa Fund which is putting on the concert, cautiously

told ATN Wednesday, "We can neither confirm nor deny" that U2 will play at the

show, before adding with a slight laugh, "No comment--but I'm not denying it

either."

If the band does perform...



If the band does perform, they will join Patti Smith,

Oasis' Noel Gallagher, the Foo Fighters, and several others on the first-day

bill.

Speculation about the band's participation in the Tibetan Freedom

Concert has abounded ever since the June 7-8 show was announced earlier this

spring. Last week, the New York Times reported to little attention that,

"U2 has been surreptitiously added to the bill."

Meanwhile, in other

Freedom Concert news, the Milarepa Fund has announced that Chuck D will get

behind the mike for the show--but as a speaker, not a rapper. D, founder of

hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy and now a commentator for cable's Fox News

Channel, will address the theme of nonviolence.

Ma said, "We were looking

for someone who could take all the different themes around the concert--like

nonviolent resistance, and activism, and responsibility--and really make it

relevant to kids living in America. Like it's not just something that's going

on on the other side of the world. You can take a lot of these themes and apply

it to your own life."

Other speakers for the event include Venerable Palden

Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese

government for 33 years; Xiao Chang from Human Rights in China; and Nane

Alejandre, from Barrios Unidos, an organization working to stop street

violence.