Major music festival planned

January 15, 2010 | Posted by Chris

A Las Vegas-based music producer is planning a "celebrity-spangled extravaganza" music event in Beijing on April 17 that reportedly will rival better-known events such as Live Aid, according to Time magazine. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is reported to be "100% confirmed" after his press conference in Beijing on Wednesday about the event -- dubbed the "Show of Peace" concert -- which is also being spearheaded in part by Aerosmith's Joe Perry. The April 17 concert is expected to include many of the major stars in music today: Beyoncé Coldplay, Green Day, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga have been invited, among others from around the world. Notably, the show is designed to present a friendly and environmentally-concerned image of China, which is one reason its promoters are optimistic authorities will give it the green light -- it is often difficult for foreign performers to obtain permission to stage concerts in China, and sometimes long-scheduled shows are canceled at the last minute. "Everybody is looking for the next big event that will put China in a positive light since the Olympics," says promoter Rick Garson. "I think it's very powerful that this statement of green and harmony is coming from China."

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