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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

YMO reunite for Live Earth

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The original line-up of seminal Japanese electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra is going to play a special Live Earth concert in Japan on July 7! Who wants to blow off Independence Day and visit Kyoto? Here’s the 411 from their US publicist:

Some groups do it for money, some groups do it when solo careers don’t pan out, and some do it because they can finally sit in the same room again. Other groups do it for a great cause. In this case original Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) members Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, and Ryuichi Sakamoto have re-formed to help the Live Earth cause with a special performance from Kyoto, Japan on 7.7.07.

Live Earth Founder and Producer Kevin Wall joined with Tatsu Kitagawa, the principal of the Live Earth Japan office, at a press conference to announce the special Yellow Magic Orchestra reunion and complete artist lineup and ticketing information for Live Earth Japan. Wall announced that Japan is the only country hosting two events as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth concert series to combat global warming. Makuhari Messe in Tokyo will host a daylong Live Earth Tokyo concert. A special broadcast event will be held at the To-ji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto later in the day.

Live Earth will begin in Sydney, Australia on July 7, 2007 and continue across all 7 continents with official concerts in Japan; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; London, United Kingdom; Hamburg, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before concluding in New Jersey, United States.

Live Earth Tokyo will feature the following acts live on stage: AI, Ai Otsuka, Ayaka Cocco, Genki Rockets, Kumi Koda, Linkin Park, Rihanna Rize, and others to be announced at a later date.

In addition to Yellow Magic Orchestra, the special Kyoto event will also feature Michael Nyman, Rip Slyme, and others to be announced at a later date.

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I just looked at the Live Earth site, and even though they're still claiming 7 continents, they seem to have dropped all mention of Antarctica.

LAME. I was actually really curious to see how in the world they were going to pull that off.

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