(WALL OF SOUND) A new collaboration between U2 frontman Bono and Wyclef Jean, “New Day,” will be presented to the United Nations on Sept. 8, kicking off the publicity campaign for NetAid, a massive Internet charity undertaking designed to raise awareness for the U.N.’s poverty campaign. The single will also be released on Columbia Records.
Though NetAid organizers have kept details close to the vest, in his latest Pop Eye column in the Los Angeles Times, Steve Hochman reveals that three concerts will take place on Oct. 9 around the globe — in Giants Stadium in New Jersey, London’s Wembley Stadium, and at a smaller venue in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hochman also reports that the Wembley lineup will likely include Bono (and possibly other members of U2), George Michael, Bush, the Corrs, Robbie Williams, and the Stereophonics, while the audience at Giants Stadium will see the likes of Jean, Counting Crows, and Jewel. Organizers also have their sights set on Celine Dion, the Beastie Boys, the Eurythmics, and No Doubt. All concerts, along with backstage footage and interviews, will be broadcast live on the Web.
NetAid organizers are reportedly making arrangements to provide a system that can accommodate the enormous number of fans they hope will log on. The focus of the event is not so much to make money — though no one will turn down a donation, to be sure — but to create a worldwide awareness of the poverty campaign.