CSN, BONNIE RAITT, JACKSON BROWNE ROCK AGAINST NUKES
August 19, 2011 - by Barry Walters, Rolling Stone Magazine
Tom Morello, Jason Mraz join all-star benefit in wake of Japan disaster
"I'm so happy to be here, my dimples are locked," a beaming Bonnie Raitt said during her set at the August 7th all-star concert benefiting MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), the activist group Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and John Hall created in 1979 to promote alternatives to nuclear power.
Thirty-two years after they staged five legendary No Nukes shows at Madison Square Garden - with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, James Taylor and others - the foursome reunited at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View California, inspired by the nuclear disaster in Japan. "We saw the accident in Fukushima as an opportunity to reawaken the American people to the dangers of nuclear power," Nash said backstage during the seven-hour benefit. "The earthquake that caused Fukushima happened 100 kilometers offshore. A year ago they found an earthquake fault just a few hundred yards from the Diablo Canyon Power Plant."
The show, which was powered by renewable energy and streamed live online, had a joyfully collaborative vibe. Raitt, Browne, Nash and former Orleans guitarist Hall - who recently served two terms in Congress representing a New York District - were on and off the stage all day, singing and playing with their many guests.
Highlights abounded: The Doobie Brothers jammed on "Listen to the Music" with Raitt, Browne, Nash and David Crosby; Jason Mraz breezed through a medley of "I'm Yours" and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"; and Raitt shredded Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" before harmonizing with Crosby and Nash on a haunted version of "Angel From Montgomery."
Following an acoustic set of his folky Nightwatchman material, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello strapped on an electric for the night's heaviest moment, spitting Hendrix-y solos during a revved version of Springsteen's "Ghost of Tom Joad" with Browne and Raitt. "The sort of disaster that happened in Fukushima is inevitable as long as those who make decisions about energy and the planet are doing it for profit," Morello pointed out backstage as No Nukes vets Sweet Honey in the Rock delivered a lovely a capella version of the blues standard "Midnight Special" with Raitt. "I look at an event like today as a little bit of the world that I want to see. It's people coming together in solidarity to get their hands on the wheel of history and turn it to the correct direction.
Crosby, Stills and Nash closed the night, with an energetic set capped by a sing-along on "Teach Your Children" featuring the entire ensemble. "There's a real emotional tug in singing to power and playing in each other's sets," Raitt told Rolling Stone earlier in the day. "Anytime you put your lives aside to come together for a bigger cause, it opens your heart."
WATCH THE M.U.S.E CONCERT LIVE ONLINE - AUGUST 7TH
If you can’t make it to the M.U.S.E. concert on August 7th don’t worry. You can watch the whole show live thanks to StageIt. For a $5 minimum donation you can pre-register at http://bit.ly/musebenefit to watch the concert.
StageIt will begin at 2PM (PST) on August 7, one hour before show-time. Viewers will have access to exclusive pre-show content including interviews and greetings from the performers, as well as the main feed of the entire concert.
You can help now by donating $10 with a simple text. Text MUSE to 80888. A one time $10 donation will be added to your mobile phone bill (messaging and data rates may apply. US only).
ALL-STAR MUSE BENEFIT CONCERT PARTNERS WITH StageIt FOR LIVE STREAMING AND MOBILE CAUSE FOR TEXT-2-GIVE TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF IN JAPAN AND NON-NUCLEAR GROUPS WORLDWIDE
AUGUST 7 CONCERT AT SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA FEATURES CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, JACKSON BROWNE, BONNIE RAITT, JASON MRAZ, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, TOM MORELLO, JOHN HALL, KITARO, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, AND JONATHAN WILSON
PRESENTING SPONSOR – VANTAGEPOINT: THE LEADING GLOBAL INVESTOR IN ENERGY INNOVATION
LOS ANGELES, CA, July 21: On Sunday August 7, an all-star line-up will perform a benefit concert for Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. To enhance fundraising efforts for disaster relief in Japan and for organizations worldwide promoting safe, non-nuclear energy, MUSE has partnered with StageIt for live streaming and global online donations, and MobileCause for text2give donations and concert updates in the U.S. Both StageIt (www.stageit.com) and MobileCause (www.mobilecause.com) are now live with the MUSE event, enabling people worldwide to register to view the show and support the cause on the Internet, and to text donations and receive updates via SMS, respectively.
The concert line-up for August 7 includes Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello, John Hall, Kitaro, Jonathan Wilson, Sweet Honey in the Rock—with special guests. The artists will be performing together throughout the show, with Browne and Raitt anchoring part the first set, and Crosby, Stills & Nash closing the show. The presenting sponsor of the day’s events, VantagePoint Capital Partners (www.vpcp.com), is the leading global investor in energy innovation and efficiency.
"The MUSE concert will not only be a great show, it will hopefully entice the public to become better informed of the tremendous dangers of nuclear power," says Graham Nash. "We have to keep real and true information flowing so that people can act on it."
"I love the fact that we are able to reach out to everyone in our fan community via posts, tweets, blogs—most of the time this is great for all artists," says Jason Mraz. "It’s also amazing that information can spread rapidly and donations can be taken quickly for Japan disaster victims."
Live-streaming of the MUSE event on StageIt will begin at 2PM (PST) on August 7, one hour before show-time. Viewers will have access to exclusive pre-show content including interviews and greetings from the performers, as well as the main feed of the entire concert. People around the globe can log on to http://bit.ly/musebenefit to pre-register for StageIt’s live stream for a minimum $5 donation, with all proceeds benefiting MUSE. StageIt is also an online donation point for MUSE, and will have links for people—anywhere in the world—to give what they can even if they will not be viewing the stream. Launched in 2010 by CEO and music industry veteran Evan Lowenstein, StageIt is a web-based platform that allows artists to deliver and monetize live events, and offer unique online fan experiences that will not be archived or duplicated for distribution.
Mobile giving for MUSE is live via MobileCause through its text2give service (U.S. only). To support Musicians United for Safe Energy and Japan Disaster relief, people may donate by texting MUSE to 80888. A one-time $10 donation will be added to the user’s mobile phone bill (messaging and data rates may apply); complete terms can be found at www.igfn.org/t. Additionally, people can access the latest MUSE concert updates by texting CONCERTNEWS to 27138. Founded in [year], Mobile Cause is the leading web-based software solution for mobile giving, and for empowering the non-profit community with innovative and user-friendly mobile communication, CRM, and fundraising technology. The company was was instrumental in disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti, and has completed more than 4,200 campaigns for almost 1,000 non-profit organizations.
The MUSE benefit was planned shortly after the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Shoreline Amphitheatre—the U.S.’s largest green-certified concert venue—was chosen because of its proximity to the Pacific Rim, Northern California’s deep association with Japan—and because nuclear reactors on the California coast store spent fuel rods similarly to Fukushima. The stage will be sustainably powered by an integrated system incorporating solar, biodiesel, wind, and LED technologies. In addition to raising money for disaster relief in Japan and groups worldwide working to promote safe, non-nuclear energy, the MUSE event was created to heighten awareness about the realities and dangers of nuclear power—and the many safe alternatives available.
For those able to attend the event at Shoreline Amphitheatre in person, reserved seats and lawn tickets are available at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or through 1-800-745-3000. Show-time is 3PM, with activities at a multi-exhibitor Clean & Safe Energy Village beginning at 1PM. Families can bring children 10 and under for free with the purchase of adult lawn tickets. Special Gold and Silver circle seats are available through the Guacamole Fund (www.guacfund.org).
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, JACKSON BROWNE, BONNIE RAITT, JOHN HALL, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, JASON MRAZ, TOM MORELLO, KITARO, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, JONATHAN WILSON, AND OTHERS TO PERFORM A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS IN JAPAN AND NON-NUCLEAR GROUPS WORLDWIDE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW.
PRESENTING SPONSOR - VANTAGEPOINT: THE LEADING GLOBAL INVESTOR IN ENERGY INNOVATION.
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 20: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello, John Hall, Kitaro, Jonathan Wilson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and special guests are coming together for a special benefit event on Sunday, August 7, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Proceeds from the concert will be distributed to Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) to support Japan disaster relief efforts, and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy. The presenting sponsor VantagePoint Capital Partners (www.vpcp.com) is the leading global investor in energy innovation and efficiency. The show will begin at 3 PM. Children 10 and under admitted free on the lawn with an adult ticket. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 27 at 10AM at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Reserved seats are $99.50, $50.00 and $35.00 and general admission lawn tickets are $19.50, plus applicable charges. Special Gold and Silver circle seats are available through the Guacamole Fund (www.guacfund.org).
“The disaster in Fukushima is not only a disaster for Japan. It is a global disaster. We come together now across cultural boundaries, political and generational boundaries, to call for changes in the way we use energy, and in the ways we conduct the search for solutions to the problems facing humanity,” says Jackson Browne. “We join with the people of Japan, and people everywhere who believe in a non-nuclear future.”
“From solar power plants and next-generation wind turbines to energy-efficient LED lighting and electric vehicles, we see technology innovations solving our most important energy needs," says Alan Salzman, Managing Partner of VantagePoint Capital Partners, a global leader in funding the transformative energy companies of the 21st century. "We join with the many artists involved in this concert to raise funds for the Japan disaster relief efforts and call for sensible and clean energy solutions."
It was shortly after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan that the decision was made to coordinate a benefit. Shoreline Amphitheatre was chosen because of its close proximity to the Pacific Rim, Northern California’s history and deep association with Japan—and because nuclear reactors on the California coast store spent fuel rods in the same manner as at Fukushima. The concert date falls between the anniversaries of atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).
“The MUSE concert will not only be a great show, it will hopefully entice the public to become better informed of the tremendous dangers of nuclear power,” says Graham Nash. “We have to keep real and true information flowing so that people can act on it.”
“We’re so lucky to have been able to bring back some of the original MUSE team to collaborate with some new and younger artists for MUSE 2, so that we can immediately help with the Japan relief effort and raise funds and awareness for the no nukes issue,” says Bonnie Raitt. “I'm excited to be a part of this important and truly collaborative effort. It’s going to be a very special, one of a kind event.”
Pat Simmons, of The Doobie Brothers, who performed at the original MUSE shows adds, "We are so proud to be reuniting with so many of our talented friends, who share our concern for the safety, and sustainable future of our fragile planet. Current events have brought us to a turning point in our human existence. It's time to consider alternatives to the present course of energy production that have been forced upon us by an aggressive corporate power structure. We join together to generate funds to help our Japanese friends, as they recover from the devastation that they have had to endure, due to man's careless use of nuclear energy, and nature's unpredictability. Through these efforts we also hope to raise public awareness of the challenges we are faced with, and the important responsibilities we share in moving us towards a safer, nuclear free future."
The concert stage will be powered by an integrated system of clean, alternative energy sources, using solar, biodiesel, and wind technologies. The energy-saving GRNLite LED lighting rig for the show has been donated by Bandit Lites, and Schubert Systems has donated the sound rig. In addition, Shoreline is the largest Green certified concert venue in the United States and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. One goal is that the concert will inspire musicians in other areas to organize shows that both employ and promote safe energy alternatives, and that raise funds for disaster relief efforts and for groups—local, regional, national, and international alike—advocating non-nuclear programs and initiatives.
“As Japan struggles to subdue meltdowns at Fukushima, and Ft. Calhoun Nuclear in Nebraska struggles to keep its reactor and spent fuel above the Missouri's floodwaters, we once again face a crucial choice,” says John Hall (who, in addition to being a musician, was a U.S. Representative from New York, 2007-2011). “Will we, as a country, invest in clean, renewable sources of energy, or will we continue to use taxpayer dollars to indemnify and subsidize the dirty, deadly old technologies that are making our planet unlivable?”
"Even though the news cycle has moved on from the Fukushima disaster, this is another massive world energy disaster from which there will be long-term effects,” adds Jason Mraz. “I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing show that will not only help those in Japan, but that will also call attention to the urgent need to embrace safe, clean energy alternatives."
Japanese musician and multi-instrumentalist, Kitaro, joined the bill as a way to give thanks “for all of the support for Japan from the world, and to all of the Japanese, who are helping each other.” He adds, “It is time to consider the change to alternative clean energy instead of nuclear power.”
For more information, please visit: www.musiciansunited4safeenergy.com and www.nukefree.org