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Green Day Rocks For Amnesty International On âAmerican Idolâ Season Finale
May 24 2007

Green Day Rocks For Amnesty International On âAmerican Idolâ Season Finale

Surprise Performance Of John Lennonâs âWorking Class Heroâ Raises Awareness For Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur

On Wednesday, May 23, Green Day Treated Millions Of Viewers To A Surprise Performance Of John LennonâS âWorking Class Heroâ On The Season Finale Of FoxâS Mega-Hit Tv Show âAmerican Idol.â Drawing Inspiration From LennonâS Use Of Music To Stimulate Change, Green Day Performed The Song To Raise Awareness For Amnesty InternationalâS Efforts For Darfur, Sudan. The Song Is Currently Available For Purchase On Itunes And Is Featured On Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur, A Collection Of Iconic Lennon Songs Recorded By An Array Of Best-Selling Artists To Be Made Available For Purchase Both On Cd And As Digital Downloads Via Online Retailers Beginning June 12.

Instant Karma Aims To Harness The Power Of LennonâS Solo Songbook To Inspire A New Generation Of Activists To Stand Up For Human Rights. The Caustic âWorking Class Heroâ Appears On LennonâS First Post-Beatles Solo Album, John Lennon/plastic Ono Band (1970), And Is Considered One Of His Most Overtly Political Songs.

âWe Wanted To Do âWorking Class Heroâ Because Its Themes Of Alienation, Class, And Social Status Really Resonated With Us,â Says Green Day Singer-Guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong.
Larry Cox, Executive Director Of Amnesty International U.s.a., Adds, âWe Know MusicâS Power To Unite And Inspire People. With Hundreds Of Thousands Dead, Millions Driven From Their Burned Out Villages And Rape Being Used As A Tactic In The Darfur Conflict, The World Needs A Mass
Mobilization Demanding Action And Justice. The Instant Karma Campaign Combines John LennonâS Passionate Desire For Us To Imagine A More Peaceful World With Amnesty InternationalâS Expertise In Achieving Justice. Instant Karma Allows Ordinary People To Lend Their Hand In Saving LivesâA Notion We Think Would Make John Proud.â

Green DayâS Efforts For Amnesty International Also Include A Philanthropic Partnership With Hard Rock International Through Which The Band Will Unveil The Latest Limited Edition Signature Series T-Shirt. Proudly Designed By The Band Members, The Green Day Signature Series T-Shirt Will Benefit Amnesty International And Beginning June 12 Will Be Sold Exclusively At Hard Rock Locations Around The World.

The Two-Cd Set Of Instant Karma, Which Will Be Released By Warner Bros. Records, Boasts A Stellar Line-Up Of 23 World-Class Artists From A Variety Of Genres Putting Their Own Unique Spin On Classic Songs From LennonâS Solo Songbook. The ArtistsâWho Come From The Worlds Of Rock, Pop And CountryâInclude Longtime Activists U2 (âInstant Karmaâ), R.e.m. (â#9 Dreamâ) And Jackson Browne (âOh, My Loveâ); Female Pop Powerhouses Christina Aguilera (âMotherâ), Avril Lavigne (âImagineâ), And Corinne Bailey Rae (âIâM Losing Youâ); Country Stars Big & Rich (âNobody Told Meâ); Alternative Favorites Snow Patrol (âIsolationâ), The Flaming Lips (â(Just Like) Starting Overâ), Postal Service (âGrow Old With Meâ) And Regina Spektor (âReal Loveâ); Best-Selling Rockers Aerosmith (âGive Peace A Chanceâ), Lenny Kravitz (âCold Turkeyâ) And Los Lonely Boys (âWhatever Gets You Thru The Nightâ); And Pensive Singer-Songwriters Jakob Dylan With Dhani Harrison (âGimme Some Truthâ) And Ben Harper (âBeautiful Boyâ).

The Rights To LennonâS Songs Were Generously Donated By Yoko Ono, Who Has Contributed All Music Publishing Royalties. Amnesty International Chose To Harness The Power Of LennonâS Music To Inspire A New Generation Of Activists To Stand Up For Human Rights. Proceeds From Cd And Digital Sales Will Support Amnesty International And Its Campaign To Focus Attention And Mobilize Activism Around The Urgent Catastrophe In Darfur And Other Human Rights Crises.
âItâS Wonderful That, Through This Campaign, Music That Is So Familiar To Many People Of My Era Will Now Be Embraced By A Whole New Generation,â Ono Says. âJohnâS Music Set Out To Inspire Change, And In Standing Up For Human Rights, We Really Can Make The World A Better Place.â
âJohn Lennon Was Not Just A Famous Beatle, He Was The Social Conscience Of His Generation,â Says Jeff Ayeroff, One Of The AlbumâS Executive Producers. âBy Reinterpreting His Music And Reintroducing It To A New Generation, We Shine A Light On The Darkness That Is Darfur. Yoko OnoâS Gift Of JohnâS Music To Amnesty International, Whose Work Points Out The Pain And Injustice In The World, Is A True Beacon Of Light. Give Peace A Chance Is All We Are Saying.â
Winner Of The 1977 Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International Includes People From All Walks Of Life Taking Action And Is Composed Of More Than 2.2 Million Human Rights Activists Worldwide. Its Members Protect People Wherever Justice, Freedom, Truth And Dignity Are Denied. Amnesty International Investigates And Exposes Abuses, Educates And Mobilizes The Public And Helps Transform Societies To Create A Safer, More Just World.

Amnesty International Has A Long History Of Activism Involving Musicians Including 1988âS Worldwide Human Rights Now! Tour And 1998âS Paris Concert, Which Honored The 40Th And 50Th Anniversaries Of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Respectively. Collectively, The Concerts Featured Performances By Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou NâDour, Alanis Morissette, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant And Radiohead.

For More Information About Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur Or Amnesty International, Please Visit In The United States Or Outside The United States. .

For More Information, Please Contact Steve Waxman, Warner Music Canada
(416) 758-1097,
Beth Berton-Hunter, Amnesty International Canada 416-363-9933 Ext 32

For More Information, Please Contact Carla Sacks Or Ross Clark At Sacks & Co.,
212.741.1000, Or, Brian Bumbery At
Warner Bros. Records Publicity, 818-953-3203, And
Gwen Fitzgerald At Amnesty International, 202-544-0200 Ext. 302,
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