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FOO FIGHTERS, BLACK KEYS TO PLAY ANTI-POVERTY FESTIVAL
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8/9/2012

Foo Fighters and the Black Keys will play the Global Festival on September 29th in New York City's Central Park, according to Loudwire. The event will also feature Neil Young, Band Of Horses, K'naan and others. The massive show is being staged to help spread awareness of the global epidemic of poverty and raise funds to stop its spread around the world.

Because the show will take place on Central Park's Great Lawn, which is a public space, all tickets must as a rule be free and distributed through a random lottery. In this case, however, fans will be allowed to enter the lottery by taking some kind of action, including making donations or going online to educate themselves about the cause.

Global Poverty Project co-founder Hugh Evans told Rolling Stone, "We wanted Global Festival to be about action, not money. By thinking different about how we distribute tickets, we're building a movement."

Foo Fighters said in a statement, "We are very proud to be lending a hand to such a creative, important event and are looking forward to adding to the noise in the big park and helping the effort toward reducing the global shame of deep poverty."

The Foos have been involved in a number of charitable causes and political campaigns, with frontman Dave Grohl telling us why it's important for the group to do so: "Before we were ever in this band, we were American citizens, we were human beings, and there's some things that are important to us outside of the band, like the future of the country and the future of the environment and the world that our children have to live in in 15 or 20 years. And it's our responsibility to do what we can to try to better that."

The Black Keys' manager, John Peets said about the festival, "All of us come from Ohio, so we grew up around working-class, hard-working people, but getting a global view makes you want to give back even more. It just seemed to make a lot of sense: this is a cause we all felt was universal enough to get behind."

The Global Festival is just one of four U.S. dates on Foo Fighters' schedule for the rest of 2012, including the Outside Lands Festival this Friday (August 10th) in San Francisco, plus festivals in Pensacola, Florida and Atlanta in September.


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