Big names turn out for Global Citizen Earth Day rally in DC

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally to stop climate change and end world poverty fell a little short on Saturday!  What promised to be a wonderful musical lineup, was thwarted a bit by a lack of shade, little food options, and a DC requirement to include many speakers in order to not be classified as a concert.

With a lot of the National Mall chewed up with construction, the rally was placed on the smaller grounds of the Washington Monument.  In the end, it was a free concert to raise awareness and to that end, it was a success.

Some of the highlights included….

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Usher performing with a leg cast and on gold crutches due to having surgery on his foot. So no crazy dance moves but was joined by  Common to sing “Glory”, from the movie Selma. Common really did a great job of hyping up the crowd.

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt was the headliner, and introduced by Chris Martin of Coldplay, but a decent amount of people did leave after Usher. It was just a super long day in the sun with very little shade or food for most people. The food trucks lining the streets outside the fences just did not cut it. 

Each artist played short sets lasting around 30 minutes; and most did cover songs. Usher covered the Beatles “Come Together” and U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Train covered “Dream On” by Aerosmith and Mary J. Blige covered “One” by U2.

With the heat and the sun beating down it was a little painful with the long breaks for the speakers. While there were some big name speakers that worked up the crowd, Don Cheadle was the crowd favorite for sure.

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