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Ure Organizing AIDS Concert

The Red Hot Organization and the British Broadcasting Corporation are joining forces to stage a superstar concert this fall to raise money to fight AIDS. 2001: A Millennium Odyssey will take place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 20th, and organizers expect it to feature some of the world’s most popular artists.

Midge Ure – the former Ultravox guitarist/singer who co-wrote the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with Bob Geldof and helped assemble the supergroup Band Aid ( Bono, Sting, George Michael, etc.) in 1984 to perform it to aid Africa famine relief – will serve as the concert’s musical director. Ure will choose the artists and oversee all musical aspects of the show.

The Backstreet Boys, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Charlotte Church, the Stereophonics, the Bee Gees, the Manic Street Preachers and Donnie Osmond have all been asked to play, and an official lineup will be announced July 11th.

The event will house 60,000 fans and will be televised in the U.K. A U.S. telecast is in the works as well.

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