Liveblogging from Live Earth!

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—Giants Stadium, 2:45 PM EST

I’m here at Live Earth in New York, which is the last show in the worldwide music celebration so we can Save Our Selves (SOS).

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KT Tunstall


KT Tunstall
is up first, after a lackluster intro by Mr. Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon. Are you watching? If not, you can tune in online here. What do you think so far? KT is wearing some really cute metallic leggings under black shorts.

A Tip form uber-tan Carson Daly in the press room:
“I’ve learned when I stay in hotels and I leave for the day to unplug my blackberry and cell. And when I go to work I’ve started taking a mug for my coffee….or beer!”

Thanks Carson. Always a fount of useful information and pithy comments! NEXT!

4:05 PM EST

Checked out the musical stylings of and Keith Urban and Alicia Keyes, Taking Back Sunday, and Ludacris. Personally I’m waiting to hear Dave Matthews, Smashing Pumpkins and The Police.

When asked about what she does at home, KT Tunstall came to talk to the press and had some smart things to say (the girl really knows her environmental issues!) A couple comments:

“I do a lot of little things at home, but I’m rarely at home. I’m getting my flat in London renovated, and I’m using sheep’s wool insulation, reclaimed wood, and solar panels. As a touring musician I have to fly, but…I’m offsetting my carbon with Global Cool.

With this (concert), I thought god, six other massive events are going on just like this. I think everyone is aware of (global warming), but not that many people know what to do about it. Short films, and information available on the Live Earth. For me the best thing about it is promoting respect for other people on the other side of the planet. It’s about creating a relationship beetwen us and people in China and India and showing that we’ll help eachother and are connected to eachother.”

4:45 PM EST

And the music just keeps coming!! I feel like I can barely keep up with these 30-minute sets!

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Taking Back Sunday photo by Brian Clark Howard

Backstage, Taking Back Sunday had this to say about their ‘greenie’ ways, which were surprisingly comprehensive. What was most interesting to me about them was that it seemed that Fred Mascherino, was the most environmentally-oriented of the group, and he in turn got the rest of the band, and then their team and their fans, involved in being eco. See how it only takes one person to make change?

“I’ve been passionate about this issue for years. But ever since an Inconvenient Truth, it’s helped me learn all the things I’m not doing. I recently purchased a vegetable oil burning 1982 Rabbit. I’ve also switched to wind energy in NJ, which only costs me about $3-$5 a month. ” (He’s referring to the option that most U.S. utilities have that offer alternative energy programs, for just a few cents more every year.)

My favorite quote from the group?

“(Global Warming’s) not just hippie folklore anymore, it’s mainstream.”

AFI
AFI

The band AFI, which admittedly, I don’t know very well, endeared me with a few cute statements, though they also kinda pissed me off when they mentioned that they weren’t polticial. WHAT? If there was a time to take up politics, it is NOW.

We are apolitical,” said lead singer Davey Havok. But when asked if he would date someone who’s not green, he said, “I’m vegan, so I can only eat green.”

LOVE IT!!

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Dave Matthews Band, by Brian Clark Howard

Dave Matthews said (in his endearing, rambling way) that he sometimes feels like what he’s doing is insignificant, or not enough even though the band has been involved in green initiatives for years.

” I could turn cynical pretty quickly, I hop on planes and ride buses, and we’re aware of a certain amount of hypocrisy in that.”

He redeemed himself when he said,

“I grew up camping and can see that the world is finite. It doesn’t seem like it’s absurd idea that it can run out of gas. The idea of the well drying up doesn’t seem that far-fetched. In the end, what kind of world we leave for our children or grandchildren? I think it’s an effort we should make.”

And then he got apocalyptic when he said, “I’m not saying we can save the planet, but we may as well grab for straws as we go down.” Dave, where’s the positivity, enthusiasm and love for which you’re known?

When asked if he supports Al Gore in a run for president, Dave said, apolitically (BOO!!), “I want to see my Mom run for president!”

9 PM EST

I was up front and center (very up front, and very center) for Smashing Pumpkins’ set, which was musically amazing, though I’m disappointed Billy Corgan didn’t take the opportunity to plug anything other than the Pumpkins’ next album. EWWW. I’m a big fan of theirs, and was dancing like it was 1997, but why didn’t the alterna-god make a statement about what he is doing to alleviate the climate crisis? Billy, where were you?

OK, more tomorrow…Sting’s new passion, Randy Jackson’s domestic disputes over water consumption, Anne Curry’s inexcusable ignorance about green and Roger Waters’ enviro-inspiration from his fathers’ WWII war service (??)

But until then…what were your impressions? I LURVED Melissa Etheridge’s amazing speech about why we should all be in the streets to change the world (not to mention our current administration), and Robert Kennedy’s plea for us all to get involved. So I’m an issues dork. But also got into the Police performing “Roxanne”, and Roger Waters doing Pink Floyd’s “Money”.

What were your favorite moments?

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About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.

8 Comments

  1. I am pretty darn jealous. I’ve been watching all day from my living room, but it is defnintely not the same!!!

  2. I’ve been watching ALL day. I thought there would have been more talk about GLOBAL WARMING from the artists, but I haven’t heard much. I have heard them thank their band (Kelly Clarkson) and say things like “you know this next song” and dance into the crowd (Akon), but not enough talk about our global warming, except for MADONNA (love yourself change someone and save someone). The concert did, however, motivate me to change out our lamps to (21) energy efficient bulbs.

  3. Great reporting Starre (and great photos Brian.) Glad that you two made it to Live Earth!!

    You couldn’t have picked a better summer day for a concert at Giants stadium, huh?

    I’m still waiting for a musician (or celebrity) to drop a buckminster-esque solution to global warming — until then, I guess it’s their money-drawing power that really speaks for them.

    Maybe they should just toss a ton of moolah at any one of these HREF=”http://www.pureenergysystems.com/news/index.html”>”visionaries”: .

  4. Curtiss, thanks for the props! Totally, we need some really deep, and fearless pockets, behind true cleantech. Another good think that celebs can do is motivate people to demand a better world. Dave said some cool stuff about it:
    http://www.thedailygreen.com/2007/07/07/tdg-live-at-live-earth/3524/

    I love how Starre’s and my coverage ended up so different stylistically. Both cool, I think at least. She comes from the blog school and I guess I had AP-style hammered in from j-school. We sat or stood next to each other most of the day!

  5. Yeah, I went to blog school, it was pretty hardcore! An MFA is a piece of cake after that (LOL)!

  6. Not a word about hemp in all of the live earth?

    What gives?

  7. I did NOT hear a word about hemp (that doesn’t mean it wasn’t mentioned, but I didn’t hear about it). Too bad hemp is one of those topics deemed (stupidly) too controversial for artists to touch. Where’s Woody Harrelson when you need him??

  8. Socialpyramid says:

    Yeah, hemp is a really tough sell to a lot of audiences, because it has a really strong association with dope culture, like it or not. More mainstream powerbrokers are often afraid to touch hemp with a 30 foot bong, er pole, for fear of being lumped in with that crowd. It’s unfortunate.

    Starre did have some thoughtful comments on fashion as related to Live Earth though at http://www.thedailygreen.com/2007/07/09/report-from-live-earth-can-fashion-save-the-planet/3594/.

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