Saying they want Arabs, Farsis and Jews to “give peace a chance”, the cream of the crop of American music’s anti-war talent will travel to the Middle East to Jordan to perform a “Give Peace A Chance” concert to encourage the Muslims and Jews to lay aside their arms and live in harmony.
Scheduled to perform are Sheryl Crow, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Eddie Vedder, Arlo Guthrie, Julian Lennon and Rage Against the Machine.
Crow will probably perform while wearing a shirt like this with “War is not the answer” in Hebrew, Persian Farsi and Arabic
“We chose Jordan as a location for the concert because it’s one of the few places Americans can perform without having to worry about being shot, tortured or beheaded,” said Crow. “Iran’s far too volatile now, as is Iraq, and we won’t perform in Israel because of the way they have treated the Palestinians. The Israelis especially don’t understand that war is not the answer.”
Sixties antiwar icon Baez helped organize the event and is rumored to sing a duet with Crosby. Simon will sing “Give Peace A Chance” while Lennon will sing “Imagine”–the song his father made famous. Lennon is also rumored to do a sort of “bed-in” protest like his father did with Yoko Ono and will say he won’t get out of bed until Israel ends its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Vedder is rumored to sing the Star Spangled Banner and add in vocal sound effects to mimic the bombs that Americans have dropped on innocent Iraqi civilians.
The singers are all learning the songs they’ll sing in the three languages in the region–Arabic, Hebrew and Persian Farsi. Interpreters will be available to translate into sub-dialects of each language.
“We felt the songs would make more sense if sung in the languages of the locals,” Crosby explained. “Otherwise, they’d just roll their eyes at the idea of English being sung.”
Jordan has agreed to give the performers safety while there but encourages them to finish the concert after a week. It is scheduled to take place in September in Amman.
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