R.E.M., No Doubt Show 'Love' For Bono
R.E.M. and No Doubt will perform at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Love Rocks: Celebrating the Biggest Hearts in Entertainment benefit concert, which will honor U2 frontman Bono for his yearsR.E.M. and No Doubt will perform at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Love Rocks: Celebrating the Biggest Hearts in Entertainment benefit concert, which will honor U2 frontman Bono for his years of philanthropic work. The event, to be held on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, will be hosted by comedian Drew Carey and will also feature appearances by comedians Ray Romano and Kevin Nealon. Other guests will be announced shortly.
The foundation, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary representing the philanthropic activities of the entertainment industry, will also unveil its National Cardiovascular Research Initiative at the event. The program is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The foundation will make a $3 million contribution to five leading cardiovascular centers and two patient outreach programs.
Bono has been a vocal advocate for Drop the Debt, an organization seeking to absolve Third World nations of their insurmountable debts to more wealthy countries. He also helped organize Artists Against AIDS Worldwide, which raised millions for AIDS charities via an all-star recording of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."
As previously reported, Bono was among the attendees at last week's World Economic Forum in New York. He said he began meeting publicly with world leaders and attending conferences of policy-makers after discovering the mass media didn't want to hear him talk about those subjects. "I went to politicians because I couldn't get on TV," he said.