Led Zep to play free China gig
Fri, Jan 15, 2010

LEGENDARY Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Aerosmith, and the Black Eyed Peas will headline a free April concert on Beijing's Olympic Green, promoters said on Wednesday.

The Show Of Peace is scheduled for April 17 to mark Earth Day, which promotes awareness of environmental issues, promoter Rick Garson said. He called it the first global peace and environment concert in China featuring world-famous celebrities and musicians.

"Tickets are free. You can't charge for peace and greenness," Mr Garson told reporters.

He added: "What we are going to do is raise money, obviously, from sponsorship, international distribution, merchandising, ringtones, DVDs and CDs."

Organisers were also talking with other artists about performing, such as Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, Green Day, and 50 Cent, while numerous Chinese musicians were being brought in too, he said.

Page said: "My belief in music as a universal language is the reason I returned to Beijing to voice my support for the Show Of Peace."

He had performed Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics last year.

He added: "This (concert) is a tribute to the power of music and its positive effect (on people)."

Discussions were underway on the numbers of concertgoers who will be allowed to attend, which organisers hoped would number up to 100,000, Mr Garson said.

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