Live Earth organizers announced today that Linkin Park will headline the Tokyo show. They also announced that Japan will be the only country to have two events — one in surburban Tokyo (the mainstage featuring Linkin Park) and one at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto (and I think you get the connection there).
The Kyoto temple event will feature the Yellow Magic Orchestra, an electropop outfit starring Ryuichi Sakamoto, who wrote the score for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and collaborated on movies including The Last Emperor.
Also playing the Tokyo stage are three top-selling female Japanese artists, Ai Otsuka, Cocco, and Kumi Koda, as well as RB artist Rihanna, famous for her song "SOS" (so meta!).
But back to Linkin Park … the hard rockers have announced the lineup for their fourth Projekt Revolution tour and this year, they’ve decided to make it green. From the press release:
Projekt Revolution and Music For Relief have been working hard at making this event an environmentally conscious effort. Besides making the tour a "Green" tour Projekt Revolution and Music for Relief will be donating $1 from each ticket to give to American Forests for their Global ReLeaf program to plant trees to help reduce global temperatures.
I assume that by "making the tour a ‘Green’ tour," they mean offsetting the carbon emissions (a trend in music tours, these days). But it’s cool that they’re also donating to the ReLeaf program.
Also on the lineup for that tour: My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, and Placebo.