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London’s Benefit Concert For Japan Cancelled

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It’s more bad news for Japan, as the benefit concert that was scheduled for this month at London’s Wembley Arena has been cancelled due to the fact that not enough bands could participate. The concert was going to raise money for Japanese relief efforts after last month’s earthquake and tsunami devastated the country.

The super concert was scheduled to be broadcast in the U.K. through the British Broadcasting Company, or BBC, and in the U.S. through the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC.

Although this gig unfortunately won’t be happening, yesterday at London’s Brixton O2 Academy another benefit show did take place. It featured artists Beady Eye, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, The Coral and Graham Coxon. All proceeds went to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

A Live Nation promoter spokesman stated the following about the cancelled show:

Unfortunately, with now only 13 days to go to the proposed Concert For Japan, sadly we are in a position where we have been unable to secure the artists required to produce the worldwide TV broadcast that we had hoped for and have therefore, very reluctantly, decided to proceed no further.- gibson.com

Japan needs all the help they can get, so if you would like to pitch in and help, go here for more information. Every dollar counts so anything you can donate will make a difference.

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