Puffy, Busta, Blige, Crow, Sting Join NetAid Charity Lineup

Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi also sign up to perform at the anti-poverty concerts held in three countries.

NEW YORK — Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl

Crow, Sting, Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi have joined the lineup of the

massive NetAid anti-poverty concerts, organizers announced Wednesday

(Sept. 8).

NetAid supporters Wyclef Jean, David Bowie and U2's Bono all appeared at

a Manhattan press conference to praise NetAid's goal of eliminating

extreme poverty. Rap mogul Puff Daddy (born Sean Combs), who hours before

had pleaded guilty to harassment in Manhattan Criminal Court, took part

as well.

"We take for granted how blessed we are, how fortunate we are. ... I

know, myself, I've been guilty of that," Combs said.

Fugees member and solo artist Wyclef said that his impoverished childhood

inspired him to get involved in NetAid, which will include three

simultaneous concerts in three countries Oct. 9. "I was that kid in the

islands with no shoes, no clothes, no showers," he said.

Roxy Music leader Bryan Ferry as well as British rockers Stereophonics

and Catatonia also were added to the lineup for the charity shows,

veteran producer Quincy Jones said during the conference, held at the

Millennium Hotel in Times Square.

The official song for NetAid, "New Day" (RealAudio

excerpt), which Wyclef and Bono wrote and recorded together, was

debuted at the conference along with a video featuring both artists. The

song has a reggae-hip-hop feel with Wyclef rapping on the verses and

Bono singing the emotional chorus, which includes the line "Keep your

head up/ Because a new day will come."

Previously announced performers for the NetAid concerts include Bowie,

Wyclef, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, George Michael, Counting Crows

and Jewel.

The shows, which also will include performances by diva Celine Dion,

'80s rockers the Eurythmics, Brit-pop star Robbie Williams and Irish

roots band the Corrs, will take place simultaneously at Wembley Stadium

in London, the Palais des Nations in Geneva and Giants Stadium in East

Rutherford, N.J.

In addition to a BBC broadcast in England, MTV and VH1 will air the

concerts, which also will be webcast through the NetAid website

(www.netaid.org).

The site, which is at the center of the effort, was unveiled during the

conference through satellite-link appearances by President Bill Clinton,

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former South African President Nelson

Mandela, who became the first users to visit the website.

"Like millions of people, I'm looking forward to the concerts," Clinton

said.