Pharrell and Al Gore Announce Summer Live Earth Concert

Al Gore, Pharrell Williams

Pharrell and Al Gore Announce Summer Live Earth Concert

The worldwide show will take place in all seven continents to build support for a U.N. climate pact.

Published January 25, 2015

In an unlikely pairing, "Happy" singer Pharrell Williams and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore are teaming up to put on one of the most widespread concerts ever.

According to the Associated Press, with the help of producer Kevin Wall (pictured above, far left), the two are set to pull off a Live Earth show on June 18, across seven continents. The event is to raise awareness and call for action on environmental issues leading up to a United Nations climate change conference in Paris, in December 2015.

"I think you guys know how serious the global warming thing is, and so for us we're taking it very seriously, and we wanted to do something very different this time," said Pharrell, the creative director of the collaborative project. "Instead of just having people perform, we literally — and I can't go into it now because some interesting surprises are coming out soon — but we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once."

Adding to Pharell's statement, Gore spoke on the magnitude of the event, saying that the concert will be the largest ever of its kind and will capture "a billion voices with one message — to demand climate action now."

This is not a random venture for the Grammy-winning star. In the past, Pharrell has donated several proceeds from his music to the Alliance for Climate Protection.

With more than 100 artists set to participate, the Live Earth concert will play from Antarctica, as well as well-known stadiums in China, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and the United States. The event's finale will go down in France's national stadium in Paris, where the conference and the signing of the climate pact will take place.

The first in the Live Earth series of benefit concerts launched in July 2007 in 11 locations, with broadcasts around the world.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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