The Rolling Stones will play a free concert with the goal of raising public awareness about global warming. Set for Feb. 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the event is being staged by the Nation

The Rolling Stones will play a free concert with the goal of raising public awareness about global warming. Set for Feb. 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the event is being staged by the National Resources Defense Council (NDRC), with all tickets to be distributed via sweepstakes.

"The Rolling Stones' commitment will help build unprecedented support for NRDC efforts to fight global warming," NRDC president John H. Adams said in a statement. "The Rolling Stones deserve a standing ovation for putting the environment on center stage."

The ticket sweepstakes can be found on the Web at www.nrdcstonesconcert.org, which is also reachable through a link on the Stones' official Web site. Along with the sweepstakes entry form that must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT Jan. 6, the NDRC site is also encouraging those who visit to "turn up the heat" on elected U.S. officials, and provides links to send E-mail or faxes about clean energy options to the White House and congressional leaders.

Offline, fans can enter by mailing a 3x5 index card including name, address, telephone number, and date of birth to: NRDC Stones Concert, P.O. Box 15099, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5099. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Jan. 6 and received by Jan. 10. The contest is open only to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old, and is limited to one entry per person

No donation is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, although the NRDC plans to distribute a limited amount of tickets as part of its fund raising efforts. An unnamed private donor "will be absorbing all expenses" for the concert.

The Los Angeles show comes amidst another round of North American shows the Rolling Stones have planned for early 2003. After that, the band is planning to visit Australia and Japan in February/March, and has scheduled a 22-city European tour that will kick off in June.