* PÁGINAS Y AGENDAS
Archivo histórico * Hemeroteca * Archive * datos
Tibet 98 fotos Frank Micelota / more
Thom was talking about Tibet, Colin was animated,
highlight of the set was
a performance of Lucky with Michael Stipe of REM
and Thom and Ed doing the backup vocals..
.....Thom Yorke and
Michael Stipe collaborated during Tibetan Freedom Festival: Radiohead singer
Thom Yorke walks onstage during REM's set to lend vocals to
the entirety of "Be Mine." To the audience's delight, Thom Yorke,
who Stipe joined during Radiohead's set earlier Sunday (June 14),
comes out again later. Now he's here to fill in for Patti Smith on
of "E-Bow the Letter", a song that Michael Stipe says R.E.M. had
planned to play with Patti Smith on Saturday, before the weather grounded
her plane and before lightning struck RFK Stadium, canceling the remainder
of that day
The Milarepa Fund, SonicNet & the Ultimate
Band List Present The Tibetan Freedom Concert '98 Rebroadcast
Day 1 - Thursday, December 10, 6:00 PM (ET), 3:00 PM (PT) Day 2 - Friday,
December 11, 3:00 PM (ET), 12:00 Noon (PT)
On these two days, we will be presenting all the performances that occurred
back on June 13 &14 @ RFK Stadium in Washington DC including special
never before heard " Radio Free Tibet" interviews hosted by Anthony Kiedis
& Perry Farrell w/ several of the performers as well as attendees Krist
Novoselic & Brad Pitt.
In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day, SonicNet,
The Milarepa Fund and UBL, in association with LiveConcerts.com, present
the Tibetan Freedom Concert '98 rebroadcast. Featuring performances from
Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Radiohead, Live, Sonic Youth and more.
Our coverage also includes interviews and backstage footage and more news
photos + info
Tibetan Freedom Concert Raises Most Yet -- $1.3
Million Organizers count victories home
and abroad while decision on fourth concert remains up in the air.
Two-and-a-half weeks after the Tibetan Freedom Concert
closed with the sounds of chanting monks, evidence of the concert's success
is turning up in a variety of forms, most recently with the announcement
that the concert raised $1.3 million for the "Free Tibet" cause.
All of this year's proceeds -- the most raised in
three years of Tibetan Freedom Concerts -- will go to benefit concert organizers
the Milarepa Fund, said TFC publicist Perry Serpa.
"About one-third of that is then going to be distributed
to other organizations promoting non-violence," Serpa said, who added that
the fund-raising organization also is celebrating that President Clinton
strongly urged for Sino- Tibetan negotiations on his trip to China.
The money raised this year brings the grand total
since 1996 to nearly $2.5 million. While Milarepa has yet to compile a
list of recipient organizations, Students For A Free Tibet, a U.S.-based
advocacy group dedicated to liberating Tibet from Chinese oppression, is
expected to be a beneficiary, according to Serpa.
The $1.3 million raised this year reflects net profit
from ticket sales and merchandise, he said. Although gross figures for
the event were unavailable, tickets sales are estimated to have totaled
$3.9 million, far more than either of the previous two TFCs -- in San Francisco
(1996) and New York (1997).
While it is clear that the lightning storm -- which
shut down the concert midway through day one of the two-day festival --
impacted fund raising by shortening sales of merchandise, Serpa said he
could not speculate how the cancellation may have affected overall proceeds.
Now that the third annual concert, held this year
at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, has finished operations, workers at
the Milarepa Fund are busy tying up loose ends and watching Clinton's nine-day
tour of China. During a rare, nationally televised press conference on
Sunday, Clinton pressed for religious freedom in Tibet as well as for talks
between Chinese officials and the Dalai Lama, Tibet's Buddhist spiritual
"We're pretty excited about the possibility of what's
going on over there but also skeptical of what the president has done,
what he is doing," said Erin Potts, Milarepa founder and executive director.
"It all seems to be behind closed doors, but the public debate at the press
conference was really good for us to see."
While Potts said she was pleased by Clinton's push
for negotiations, she said Milarepa won't declare full victory until specific
details for talks, including dates and locations, have been established.
She also criticized Clinton's endorsement of a Chinese prerequisite for
talks that Tibet recognize itself as part of China.
Clinton, despite opposition, has continually supported
China's favored-nation status with the U.S., contending that the key to
negotiation is to develop a good rapport with China. The Eastern powerhouse
has ruled the peaceful country of Tibet since it invaded the mountainous
region in 1949.
"We want His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be able to
walk into that room no matter what and sit down and talk with the Chinese
government about what's going on," Potts said.
Over the coming months, Milarepa is expected to continue
educating people about Tibet during the Beastie Boys' U.S. tour, although
details have not been confirmed.
Meanwhile, there are no plans as yet for a fourth
Tibetan Freedom Concert for next summer. "Nobody really knows anything
about what may or may not happen next year," Serpa said. "Everybody is
just trying to unwind after this extravaganza."
At a press briefing before the start of the concert,
TFC founder and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch said the success of Clinton's trip
depended on whether the president secured details for Sino-Tibetan negotiations.
Yauch also laid the question of a fourth concert on the president's shoulders.
"If Bill Clinton steps up to the plate and does what
needs to be done," then the third concert would be the last, Yauch said.
"Otherwise, we'll continue to do this and put more pressure on him."
For now, Potts is looking positively toward the future.
"Clinton is talking about this and [Chinese President] Jiang Zemin is talking
about this. The international grass-roots movement for Tibet is largely
responsible for the fact that that happened. Negotiations can happen. The
groundwork is definitely there."
National Day of Action for Tibet
June 15th, 1998 12:00 noon West Capitol Lawn
Lawmakers and rock musicians, rallying after a weekend
concert, called on President Clinton to push for Tibetan independence during
his upcoming trip to China. More than 2,000 people gathered on the Capitol
plaza to hear performances by Radiohead, R.E.M., Sean Lennon and Perry
Farrell of Porno for Pyros. They also heard speeches by lawmakers, environmentalists
and human rights activists, who encouraged Clinton to speak out for Tibet
when he meets with Chinese leaders next week.
Radiohead singer and guitarist Thom Yorke is hoping
that support in the United States will spread to his British homeland as
well. "British people don't give a fuck," he lamented backstage. "Americans,
once they're told about something, they're very motivated. They'll stand
up and shout. That's one of the good things about America still."
Attending supporters of the cause not only heard
speeches from politicians and activists but also witnessed acoustic performances
by R.E.M., Thom Yorke, Sean Lennon with David Crosby, and former Porno
For Pyros and Jane's Addiction leader Perry Farrell.
Radiohead leader Thom Yorke -- one of the most visible
and vocal artists at Saturday's and Sunday's Tibetan Freedom Concert --
said his goal for the rally was to inspire Tibet's supporters to share
their beliefs with others.
Thom play at rally: Street spirit
Skating For The Tibetan Cause
set list :
1-Airbag 2-Talk Show Host 3-Karma Police 4-Fake
Plastic Trees 5-Lucky (vocals by Michael Stipe, with Thom and Ed doing
b-voc) 6-Paranoid Android 7-Creep 8-Street Spirit [Fade Out]
Some folks skateboard for Tibetan freedom; others
take inspiration from Radiohead and R.E.M.
WASHINGTON (2:40 p.m.) -- Some folks approach the
cause of Tibetan freedom by meditating; others study all they can to learn
about the culture.
Then there's Jaime Stillman, who plans to quite literally
put the word on the street by attacking the asphalt of Lancaster, Pa.,
with her brand- new "Free Tibet" skateboard.
"Everybody will be seeing this," says Stillman, 22,
as she waits in line for an ATM. Perched proudly on her foot is her new
skate deck with "FREE TIBET" emblazoned across the bottom in fat red and
"I thought it'd be neat to have," she says, smiling.
For Stillman -- a veteran of last year's Tibetan
Freedom Concert in New York -- the benefits of the new board are twofold.
Not only will she skate the streets in good conscience (and good karma,
she hopes) with her political ideals beneath her feet, but she'll also
be spreading the word about Tibetan oppression to her skateboarding brothers
and sisters, who now may take away more from their hard-core outings than
While Stillman waits for cash in a stadium hallway,
22-year-old Jane Ramirez sits 50 feet away in the last row of section 408,
approaching her activism from a much quieter vibe.
For Ramirez, there's no better way to pursue Tibetan
freedom at this moment than by grooving to the sounds of Radiohead tackling
their hit "Karma Police."
"Radiohead and R.E.M. are my favorites," says Ramirez
of Burke, Va. "Both adamantly support a lot of good causes and have paved
the way for so many people."
As if on cue, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes the
stage to sing "Lucky" alongside Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Clad in
an orange shirt and jeans, Stipe leans into the mic as he sends his patented
soaring tenor vocals out over the crowd.
Ramirez, wearing a purple flannel shirt with her
brown hair pulled back in a clip, rocks back and forth enraptured as she
watches her rock 'n' roll dream team.
Her only regret may be that she can't go to Monday's
(June 15) Free Tibet rally on the Capitol lawn, something that Yorke pressed
everyone at the concert to do. "I want to go, but I'm going to be at work,"
But Ramirez, a temp worker at Federal City Tours,
has her eye on other ways to help -- such as routing tomorrow's tours past
the Capitol and urging guides to spread the Free Tibet message.
Still, for now, she's just hanging back and soaking
it all in.
[ Sun., Jun 14, 4:35 PM EDT ]
on the party....
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke skulked around by himself
toting a backpack
Radiohead in secret gig
cancellation, the band announced a secret
gig at Washington's 9:30 club. The first 800
ticket stubs from the Tibetan Freedom Festival were allowed in. The doors
opened at 12:00. Support came from Pulp, and the band were in a really
good mood - Thom was talking about Tibet, Colin was animated, but the highlight
of the set was a performance of Lucky with Michael Stipe of REM singing,
and Thom and Ed doing the backup vocals.
Set list : Airbag/Talk Show Host/Karma Police/The
Bends/Climbing up the Walls/Fake Plastic Trees/How to Disappear Completely
and Never Be Found/Just/No Surprises/Lucky/Paranoid Android/Creep/Street
Spirit (Planet telex site)
Tibetan was canceled
Lighting Shuts Tibet Opener Six Injured
At least six fans were struck by lightning during
a set by Herbie Hancock.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (4:05 pm.) At least six Tibetan
Freedom Concert attendees were struck by lightning Saturday (June 13) and
rushed out of the arena with injuries moments after a sky-rending crack
of thunder ripped through the air over RFK stadium.
And with torrential rains and continuing threats
of thunder, the first day of the two-day benefit concert to raise awareness
about the Tibetan cause of freedom from Chinese oppression was canceled.
Two of the victims were listed in guarded condition,
and the others were in stable, according to emergency crews and city police.
"Go home in peace and know that we love you. We'll
see you tomorrow maybe," said R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, just after Tibet
organizer Adam Yauch announced the cancellation.(more
Al menos 14 personas han resultado heridas por
un rayo que cayó en medio de una multitud de más de cien
mil espectadores que asistieron el sábado a un gran concierto en
Washington a favor de la implantación de la democracia en el Tibet.
La tormenta con fuerte aparato eléctrico produjo la interrupción
del concierto durante más de cuatro horas, por lo que hubo que suspender
la actuación de grupos como REM, y Radiohead. El rayo cayó
mientras actuaban el grupo Herbie Handcok y los Headhunters y produjo heridas
a varias personas que fueron trasladadas inmediatamente a un centro santario
para ser tratadas de quemaduras. Ese mismo dia Radiohead ofrecio un gig
secreto, al dia siguiiente actuo en el festival. El lunes, dia de accion
por el Tibet Thom Yorke participa con una actuacion en acustico.
Radiohead meet the press ...
Radiohead's Thom Yorke Building Good Karma Radiohead
meet the press and talk about the power of more than 60,000 people standing
in front of a Tibetan flag.
"When you get 66,000 people standing in front of
a huge Tibetan flag, I think it will get the message across. People are
not that stupid." -- Thom Yorke, Radiohead singer
"We're playing people out [of the stadium]. That's
why we're here, music to go to their cars," Yorke says.
Says Britain could have done something to prevent
China's occupation of Tibet.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (12:30 p.m.) Radiohead singer Thom
Yorke does a good job of disguising his disgust.
When asked if he thinks the Tibetan Freedom Concert
really makes a difference, the singer quips, "When you get 66,000 people
standing in front of a huge Tibetan flag, I think it will get the message
across. People are not that stupid."
Radiohead are meeting the press hours before they
will take the stage to close the show, or, as Yorke jokes, "We're playing
people out. That's why we're here, music to go to their cars."
Guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Colin's brother, says
the band feels it has to be careful about criticism of President Clinton's
policies on Tibet. "Because we're not Americans, we're not citizens. He
doesn't represent us," Greenwood says. Yorke, however, says their British
government "was one of the countries that could have said something" when
the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1949. "They just didn't," he says.
The members of one of Britain's most critically-acclaimed
band come off as unpretentious, standing inside the media tent. You might
almost mistake them for spectators. Yorke is wearing a light blue, tattered
T-shirt. Colin Greenwood downplays a question about the influence of such
massive musical events by saying that shows like TFC "are not the ideal
way to see groups like us. The point of it is a celebration of a lot of
people coming together to support a cause."
Early in their brief appearance, bassist Colin Greenwood
deftly side-steps a non-Tibet question about whether or not Radiohead will
be collaborating with trip-hop band Massive Attack on a full-length remix
album of Radiohead's OK Computer.
I look up at a monitor and Yorke is gripping the
microphone on the main stage as he intoduces monk Palden Gyatso.
[Sat., Jun. 13, 1998 2:26 PM EDT] (more
Radiohead took part in an on-line chat from the festival
yesterday, but it was pretty boring - lots of irrelevant moderated questions,
and nothing at all was said of interest. A transcript will be available
TIBETAN performers banned from China
MTV News reports that Beastie Boys and TFC organizer
Adam Yauch has issued a statement in response to a statement attributed
by ABC News on Friday to an official at the Chinese Embassy in London.
The Chinese statement indicated that those performers participating in
the concert would be banned from visiting China in addition to having their
Yauch's response: ''This is a small example of the
kind of thing that goes on all the time in China and Tibet. If they are
trying to stop foreign minds, one can only imagine what they do within
their own borders. Tibetan and Chinese people are tortured and killed on
a regular basis for speaking their minds. This concert is a chance for
us to bring the freedoms that we have to the Tibetan and Chinese people.''
VÍDEOS DE DIRECTOS
Archivo histórico de IndyRock Magazine