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
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
"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
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
In addition to a BBC broadcast in England, MTV and VH1 will air the
concerts, which also will be webcast through the NetAid website
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