Wednesday, March 14, 2007

An Inconvenient Lineup

"I wanted to get the Stones, but Cameron thought John Mayer was better"

If you were throwing a live concert for charity and had to think of the cause that would get you the best possible line up of bands what would you choose? AIDS, Child burn victims, 9/11 widows, Lactose intolerant cows? How about Save the Planet? Not terrible. You figure for good old Mother Earth you'd get at least a few great bands out. Well apparently not. Check out the lineup for Al "Grateful" Gore's Live Earth event:

Pharrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Paolo Nutini, Sheryl Crow, AFI, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, ManĂ¡, Keane, Kelly Clarkson, Korn, Faith Hill w/ Tim McGraw and Bloc Party.

The only band I’d be excited to see in that whole mix is Bloc Party, and I’ve seen them before. They’re good, but nothing special live. Like Al Gore himself, the bill is full of people who might have been respectable at some time but are kind of also has-beens. I’m looking at you Bon Jovi, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz and Duran Duran. The Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters are both respectable today, but neither really would make me brave the crowd that is expected at the sites. I mean, could he at least have gotten U2? Bono loves a good cause.

I just hope Kelly Clarkson has to follow Korn.


Phattie Licious said...

Foo Fighters are awesome in concert - would you beleive that I saw them twice? Its the truth. Also, I heard Rage might do this show, any truth to that?

Hops said...

Foo Fighters are excellent live, but they are a very average studio band. Not a knock, just that they aren't going to blow me away with anything but the energy of their live show. I respect them but its not like I'll be putting on their albums anytime soon.

Haven't heard the Rage rumor. They're very political so maybe. They're doing a mini tour and supposedly that is it.

Phat T said...

Yeah maybe I'm confused by the fact that Rage is doing a few shows...thats prolly an independent thing from Gore-fest