Empty Noise – Thoughts on Live Earth Shanghai – Siqi Li and Liyuan Liu

Although the Live Earth concert was the least successful among the worldwide concerts held on July 7, 2007, “the performers all gave voice to the environmental theme of the night.” From Chinadialogue:

…The 2,000 capacity venue wasn’t even full, and half of those who did attend scattered when a rainstorm struck. When Sarah Brightman – the only performer who could be accurately described as a superstar – arrived on stage technical problems forced her to retreat and return later. By any standards this was not a success – and much less so when you evaluate it against the scale and vision of Live Earth….

…But we should not be too harsh on the organizers. In the West the practice of holding large-scale concerts for good causes is more established – Live Aid in 1985, for those affected by the September 11th attacks in 2001, and the Live8 concerts for global poverty in 2005. In the west the industry and consumers are familiar with this type of event. But while they are not unknown in China, they are extremely rare….[Full Text]

– See previous post about Live Earth Shanghai concert here via CDT

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