U.K. Tsunami Relief Concert Proposed
In a little more than three weeks' time, officials at Wales' Millennium Stadium are attempting to organize a massive concert to benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami that has left SoutheasternIn a little more than three weeks' time, officials at Wales' Millennium Stadium are attempting to organize a massive concert to benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami that has left Southeastern Asia devastated. "Time is going to be very tight, but as the largest indoor arena in Europe we feel we have the best chance of pulling off something like this," says Paul Sergeant, general manager of the Cardiff venue.
In a statement on the venue's Web site, the proposed event is described as similar to Live Aid to take place Jan. 22-23. "It's too early to come up with any names," Sergeant says, "but we've been chasing a strong list of 'A' list acts to see if they would be willing to take part."
Sergeant estimates that the Millennium Stadium could accommodate more than 50,000 and "give everyone the chance to do their bit."
Newly formed organization Welsh organization Tsunami Relief Cymru says on its Web site that it will have a hand in putting on the provisionally named Wave Aid, as well as several smaller events in the coming weeks. Led by Gareth Strangemore-Jones, the group has issued a call for everything from performers and venues to accountants and lawyers to lend a hand in a Welsh-based fundraising effort.
In related news, veteran pop stars Cliff Richard and Boy George have confirmed that they will sing on a new charity single entitled "Grief Never Grows Old," a song written by British radio disc jockey Mike Read. According to the BBC, others approached for the song include Jamie Cullum, Barry and Robin Gibb, Ronan Keating and Chris Rea. The song will be recorded under the name One World Project with proceeds going to the relief effort.