LOS ANGELES | There is nothing like a peace initiative to bring out artists. A number of legendary blues/rock musicians are forming a new band to promote world peace through music. These musicians are comprised of present or former band members with Toto, Asia, Eric Clapton, Guns N’ Roses, Dave Matthews Band, Carole King, Sergio Mendes, Lionel Richie, and many others.
Hailing from nine world cultures, they are launching a world tour, beginning with three concerts in Southern California this month, in celebration of U.N. International Peace Day. The Listen for Life Musicfests in Southern California will be on Sept. 21 in Mission Viejo, September 27 at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and September 29 at the famed Ramona Bowl amphitheatre in Hemet.
The concerts to promote U.N. Peace Day began three years ago through a joint venture between the United Nations and Listen for Life, which was founded in 1998 as a global family of music listeners, performers, and producers. The Listen for Life All-Star Band is the latest effort to expand the reach of the “global peace through music” mission, and follows prior Listen for Life concerts to commemorate U.N. Peace Day in the U.S., Bosnia, Croatia, Kenya, and the U.K.
“We are launching the all-star global concert tour in the Los Angeles area because of its music industry roots, and the springboard the area has offered to many legendary performers who believe music can bridge global discord,” said Donna Stoering, founder of Listen for Life, in a prepared statement.
International recording artists from India, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, and the Mid-East are among those scheduled to perform at the concerts in Southern California. They will play 17 different instruments unique to their region. “The way these instruments come together in harmony is the way we hope to unite musicians from around the globe in the spirit of world peace,” said Stoering, again from the press release. “That message will permeate all of the concert performances by the Listen for Life All-Star Band and ethnic music masters, worldwide, in the coming months and beyond.”
For further information on locations, venues and tickets, see www.listenforlife.org/peaceday.