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"No Nukes" Concert Heads West, 30+ Years Later

August 1, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's been more than 30 years since the famous "No Nukes" concerts, and now Musicians United for Safe Energy are planning a West Coast follow-up. In response to the earthquake-triggered meltdowns at a Japanese nuclear plant last spring, musicians and groups including: John Hall; Bonnie Raitt; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Doobie Brothers, and others will perform August 7 in Mountain View, California, near San Francisco, at a benefit for quake and tsunami survivors.

Hall, known for the Orleans hit song, "Still the One," says he was just coming to grips with being voted out of Congress when the disaster in Japan mobilized him and his fellow musical activists.

"The first 'No Nukes' concerts were on the East Coast. This one is in California because of proximity to Japan, because of the large Asian population in California, and because California's on the 'Ring of Fire,' where plants like Diablo Canyon would be sooner or later subjected to the same earthquake and possible tsunami."

Since the 1970s, Hall says, criticism of nuclear energy has eased, and he thinks that's at least partly because people have short memories about other nuclear incidents. He says what happened in Japan in March could be the wake-up call for a new generation of renewable-energy advocates.

"Like the first 'No Nukes' concerts 32 years ago, we're talking about educating people. Too many people, either they were born after Three Mile Island or Chernobyl, or they've just kind of forgotten about it, or they never knew enough about it to begin with."

Hall says the proceeds from the new No Nukes concert will be used for Japanese relief efforts, and also for solar, wind and geothermal development in the United States.

Until this year, Hall was a two-term New York Congressman, but was unseated by a "Tea Party" candidate in the last election.

The concert site is Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.

You can hear Hall's new song about nuclear power at www.bigroundrecords.com.

You'll be able to stream the concert at
stageit.com

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR