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Show Of Peace Clarification Statement 100119


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Show Of Peace Clarification Statement 100119

  1. 1. Statement from Rick Garson, ZZYX Entertainment This statement is issued to clarify some confusion and misunderstanding following last week‟s press conference announcing the Show of Peace in Beijing on April 17, and to provide an update on the involvement of Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas. 1. At the time of last week‟s press conference, it was anticipated that Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas‟ involvement in the Show of Peace Concert would be confirmed. Unfortunately, as often happens with music tours, schedules change, and currently Black Eyed Peas are not available to play live at the Show of Peace Concert on April 17. I apologize for making an announcement that implied the band‟s commitment to the Show of Peace Concert. However, ZZYX Entertainment is currently discussing with Lady Gaga alternative logistics to try and accommodate their existing tour schedule and maintain the band‟s involvement in the Show of Peace Concert. A further announcement will be made shortly. 2. It has been claimed by a blogger that the management of Lady Gaga “have never heard of Rick Garson and the Show of Peace”. This is completely untrue. We have been in detailed negotiations with the management of many global artists including Lady Gaga, whose management I have spoken to personally. 3. A question has been raised about the support for the Show of Peace Concert by the United Nations‟ NGO Pathways to Peace organization (PTP). PTP has Consultative Status with the United Nations, and was granted official UN Peace Messenger status in 1987. Michael Johnson, who attended the Show of Peace Concert Press conference last week, is a PTP representative to the United Nations. Show of Peace Concert producer Rick Garson has a letter of endorsement from the United Nations in New York, and also received the following statement from
  2. 2. the United Nations in China just before last week‟s press conference: “We reiterate our support for initiatives from civil society organizations to observe and raise awareness of International Mother Earth Day. The message of your campaign is in line with our goal of promoting balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs and harmony between human beings and the planet. Our involvement as a „supporting institution‟ will contribute to your campaign and to the spreading of such messages.” In clarifying these points, I would like to remind people in China and around the world why the Show of Peace Concert is going ahead in Beijing on April 17. As Jimmy Page said at last week‟s press conference, music is the most powerful language in the world, and it has been my ambition for the last ten years to use the power of music to do some good for our planet. I am surrounded by people talking about the environment and world peace. What interests me is actually doing something about it. I plan to announce the next group of confirmed artists in mid February, just after the Chinese New Year holiday, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of true music fans to the free open-air concert in Beijing on April 17 with the wonderful image of the Bird‟s Nest Stadium as the backdrop for the concert. Rick Garson, Beijing, January 19, 2010