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No Nukes Concert – The Sequel

August 1, 2011

NEW YORK - They organized the No Nukes concerts in 1979 - and now Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) are warming up for a reprise. In response to the earthquake-triggered meltdowns at a Japanese nuclear facility, John Hall, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers and more will perform in a benefit concert Aug. 7 in Mountain View, Calif.

Hall, known for the Orleans hit song, "Still the One," says he was just coming to grips with being voted out of Congress after two terms, when the Japan tragedy mobilized him and his fellow alternative energy activists.

"Many, many people came to me and to Bonnie and Jackson Browne and said, 'Are you guys going to do anything? Can't you please do something? We need somebody to - like you guys did 30 years ago - make a fuss about this and make it a more visible issue.'"

As oil prices rose and government and private commitment to renewable energy development lagged in recent decades, criticism of nuclear energy eased. Hall says those who remember nuclear disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl want to alert a new generation with the No Nukes concert, put on by musicians who are still united for safe energy.

Sunday's concert at Shoreline Amphitheater is a response to the meltdowns at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in Japan, Hall says.

"We want to raise funds for Japanese relief efforts, to help people who were displaced by the tsunami and the nuclear meltdowns there. We also want to raise money for solar, wind, geothermal and other safe energy projects here and around the world, but mainly in the United States."

From 2007 to 2011, Hall served as U.S. Representative for New York's 19th District, which includes the Indian Point nuclear plant. He points out that New York City is within a 50-mile radius of the plant. That was the size of the zone the State Department warned Americans in Japan to evacuate after the meltdown, he notes.

"The 17 million people who live in that radius, including parts of Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley and all the Boroughs, had better be paying attention to this."

After being unseated by a Tea Party candidate in last fall's elections, Hall says he's not going to run again, but instead will return to, among other things, making music.

"My parents always told me to have something to fall back on. They just didn't know it was the guitar."

Hall has written a new song warning of the dangers inherent in nuclear power, "I Told You So."

Information about the concert, which can be watched live online, is available at http://musiciansunited4safeenergy.com/.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY