The Cranberries continue to be included in the list of expected artists to perform at the Dublin Phoenix Park AIDS Benefit gig, as reported earlier. In addition the previously mentioned appearences of George Micheal and the Hothouse Flowers, Elton John is now also on the roster for the mega-scale gig.
As of yet though, not much is set in stone. The two major organizers of the program, Ciaran Geraty and Daragh Kavanagh, have yet to give a full list of acts to perform. However, they confidently noted, “The acts we’re talking to will sell themselves”. The two 27-year olds quit their jobs nearly two years to work on the major project.
Not surprisingly, U2 is still expected but unconfirmed. A spokeswoman for the band commented, “I don’t think anyone’s been confirmed for it. U2 are still on tour, so nothing’s even in the pipeline yet.”
September 8th, 2001 is still the projected date. The artists will be performing on an outdoor stage from 12:00 noon to 10:30 PM at Phoenix Park. Two principal corporate sponsors are funding the gig, which will take an estimated £2 million (or $2.83 million) to pull off. All proceeds will benefit the Third World Aids projects. The show will be unrivaled in size and ambition since the enormous “Live Aid” show, which took place on July 13, 1985.
Source: Sunday Business Post (Ireland)