Live Earth concert in Mumbai cancelled: organisers
AFP - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
MUMBAI (AFP) - - Live Earth India, a concert scheduled for December 7 in Mumbai to raise money for solar energy projects, has been cancelled due to the terror attacks in the city, organisers said Saturday.
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are saddened to announce that Live Earth India has been called off," said a joint statement from organisers, including former US vice-president Al Gore.
Musicians lined up for the event included Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, rockers Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am, Indian rapper Hard Kaur and the daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, Anoushka.
Bollywood stars, including actors Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta, were also due to perform.
Gore, Live Earth co-founder Kevin Wall and Rajednra Pachauri, the head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said everyone involved in the project was "stunned and distraught" by the attacks.
"We were all in the course of finalising plans for Live Earth India, scheduled for December 7, when we were struck with the news," they added.
The concert had been due to follow the series of events on seven continents on July 7 last year, which were seen by more than two billion people and were designed to raise awareness of global warming.
"Together, we will continue to work for solutions to the climate crisis for the good of the people of India and around the world," the organisers said.
"But for now, our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims of this terrible attack, with the bereaved, with the people of Mumbai and with everyone across India."
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