Popular Arab Band Accused by Conservatives as “Contradicting Christianity and Islam” MAY 2, 2016 – Although it came too late and they still couldn’t play the concert, popular Arab band Mashrou Leila that was at first banned from playing at Amman’s Roman Amphitheater were invited back to play by the Jordanian authorities, due to a massive public backlash….
500,000 Cubans Turn Out to See British Rock Band MAR 28, 2016 – The Rolling Stones played a historic concert in Cuba last Saturday, and around 500,000 Cubans who used to have to secretly listen to their music came out to see the free concert that made history. Mick Jagger hinted at the politics of…
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Patti Smith, Flea, and More Fight Climate Change With Music DEC 22. 2015 – JTMP has been covering the UN Climate Change Conference and hopes the deal reached will help stop climate change, and one of the best things out of it is the initiative “Pathway to Paris” from 350.org that “brings together musicians, artists, activists,…
Concert For Progress On Race In America Tackles Roots and Solutions To Racism DEC 4, 2015 – A&E Network has brought together musicians from different races for a “Shining A Light” concert, TV special and website campaign in an attempt to explore the roots of racism, and to try and find solutions to tackle the…
PAISLEY PLAYS 1 HOUR SURPRISE CONCERT BEFORE OBAMA SPEAKS MAY 28, 2014 – Country star Brad Paisley, who has been angering a huge swath of the ultra-rigthwing conservative country music crowd with his songs such as “Welcome to the Future” that sings about a black kid in the South asking a white girl out to a…
JAN 27, 2014 – Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" benefit concert will be live streamed on the Internet worldwide on February 5th, and to gear up for it, Amnesty International volunteer Kristin Hulaas Sunde wrote a blog on Amnesty's "Livewire" site, where she reminisces about how she was awakened and her activism for social justice really started back in 1988 at the Human Rights Now! concert in Philadelphia. Pete Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Tracy Chapman and more all played to a huge throng of 75,000 activists. Read Kristin's cool blog on LivewireAmnesty.org here, and make sure you catch the Bringing Human Rights Home concert on February 5th next month. The concert will feature the Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Lauryn Hill, Cold War Kids, and others; and the recently freed members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will be there also. Find out more about the concert here.
MAY 31, 2013 – Aerosmith, who was blogged about recently by JTMP for showing support for the whale-protecting organization Sea Shepherd, headlined the "Boston Strong" benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Along with the bad boys from Boston were the Dropkick Murphys, New Kids on the Block, and one of my all-time favorite bands, Boston. Boston opened up with "More Than a Feeling" and the crowd went wild. A bombing victim, Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the tragedy was there, and was flashed on the big projection screen shown smiling and "Boston Strong". Aerosmith played their classics like "Walk this Way" and "Sweet Emotion", and the Dropkick Murphys played 3 songs from their new EP "Rose Tattoo" (featuring Bruce Springsteen) that also benefits the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Carole King, Jason Aldean, Boyz 2 Men and others also performed and sang. The concert proceeds will go to One Fund Boston.
Watch clips from "Boston Strong" on our JTMP YouTube Channel HERE, and watch Boston open up the show with "More than a Feeling" below, thanks to DGB519 from YouTube below. (Unfortunately, due to high demand, the live stream server crashed and Boston was not aired, so this is the best quality available)
FEB 17, 2013 – China has tightened its rules on concerts after Elton John dedicated his Beijing concert to Chinese activist Ai Weiwei. Elton John met with Ai Weiwei before the show and Tweeted, "I super like him!". But Chinese officials wrote an Op Ed on Global Times condemning him saying, "John's action will also make the relevant agencies further hesitate in future when they invite foreign artists. John himself is a senior entertainment figure, but has raised difficulties for future arts exchanges between China and other countries."
JAN 21, 2013 – Yesterday, the day before the Presidential Inauguration, Sasha and Malia Obama rocked out with kids from military families, Katy Perry and Usher. The first lady Michelle Obama has been working hard to make sure the military families get the thanks and help they need and deserve. The concert was beamed to military bases around the country so military kids across the America could take part. Read more on Huff Po here.
Springsteen & Others Part Of “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” Telethon Concert Tomorrow On NBC Universal
NOV 1, 2012 – It has been announced that a bunch of musicians, from Springsteen to Jon Bon Jovi and many others, will be playing music and being a part of the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon concert tomorrow night on NBC Universal to raise funds for victims of the Hurricane/Storm Sandy. There are many people still with no food, no water, no electricity, and stranded. Many have had their whole lives disrupted and destroyed, so let's all join in and help our fellow Americans.
The concert will air tomorrow night at 8 PM EST on the NBC Universal network, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, SyFy and USA; and they say more networks may join the broadcast. For more information check out the NBC Universal Press release here. It will also stream LIVE on the Internet on NBC.com. Watch the Today Show announcement of the benefit telethon concert below.