a “Día especial” for Live Earth

July 7, 2007 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

It’s Rio de Janeiro, rather than Buenos Aires, that is Latin America’s Live Earth host today. It makes sense– who could say no to a concert on the beach?

Rio Live Earth

But having his country passed over as host didn’t stop Gustavo Cerati of Soda Stereo fame from joining Shakira onstage in Hamburg. Cerati played guitar as Shakira did a cover of the SS song “Día especial.” Needless to say, this has been the only coverage Argentine newspapers have given to the event so far.

I’ve been a bit torn about the premise of Live Earth (are rock concerts across the globe really going to help fight climate change?), and the coverage here only backs up my fears; in Clarin, there is no mention that the concerts are carbon-neutral, nor that there is a seven-point pledge audience members are asked to take. Obviously, pledges are often forgotten and musicians may return to their gas-guzzling ways, but to write only about the bands gracing the stages kinda defeats the whole purpose of the event, no?–REBECCA

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Entry filed under: media, music, politics, pop culture, rock.

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