The D.C. component of Al Gore’s plan to save the environment one band at a time has run into some inconvenient partisan politicking, with Republicans roadblocking Live Earth’s petitions to stage its show in the nation’s capital. And it’s looking like D.C.’s loss will be NYC’s … loss. Via Variety:
Gotham’s Prospect Park, Randall’s Island and Shea Stadium are among the sites under consideration for July 7’s Live Earth concerts to fight global warming.
The potential sites can all accommodate the estimated 40,000 or more people expected to attend, New York City’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation said on Wednesday.
“We’re just waiting to hear back from them on what they want to do,” a spokesman said.
Organizers had hoped to stage the event at the U.S. Capitol, but their plans have so far been blocked by Senate Republicans. Event organizers say that Gotham has always been a candidate city to host the U.S. leg of the worldwide event; others include Philadelphia.
“Not since former Interior Secretary James Watt tried to ban the Beach Boys from appearing on the National Mall has such a misguided effort at political censorship been undertaken by a Republican official,” Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) told the L.A. Times.
Hearing of this development, New Yorkers erupted in momentary celebration until they remembered the bill included Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Faith Hill, Fall Out Boy and KoRN.