Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Martial arts movie star Jackie Chan headlined a charity concert and telethon for the survivors of the Japanese earthquaketsunami disaster in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Friday (01Apr11) The Rush Hour star was joined by Andy Lau, actor Donnie Yen and other Asian performers for the three-hour benefit.

Chan opened the show by calling for a moment of silence to honour the thousands who lost their lives in the March (11) tragedy.

The more ruthless natural disasters are, the more love there should be in the world.

He then led the performers in a rendition of peace anthem Succumb Not to Sorrow, based on a poem by Kenji Miyazawa.

Lau enjoyed the event's most poignant moment when he addressed the huge crowd and said, "The more ruthless natural disasters are, the more love there should be in the world. This event tonight gathers performing artists from different places, hoping to deliver the message, 'Don't be defeated by natural forces' to all those in the disaster areas".

Soul star Lionel Richie also made an appearance via a video recording -he offered a rendition of his hit Say You, Say Me from a stage in Australia, where he is on tour.

Richie had a special message for the people of Japan "We believe you can survive this and you will get stronger".

Chan made a rare singing performance, belting out the tune Believe in Yourself.

Proceeds from Friday's concert will benefit the Salvation Army.

Meanwhile in another planned Live Aid-type concert to benefit survivors of the of the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan has been scrapped because so few big names signed up to perform.

The charity gig was set to take place in London later this month (Apr11), but promoters fear the lack of headliners will put fans off attending - and therefore it's no longer a good idea to stage the show.

A spokesman for Live Nation - the organisation behind the concert - tells Music Week, "Unfortunately, with now only 13 days to go to the proposed Concert For Japan, sadly we are in a position where we have been unable to secure the artists required to produce the worldwide TV broadcast that we had hoped for and have therefore very reluctantly decided to proceed no further."

However some music stars have been doing their part and reaching out to support the devastated country - Jack Johnson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and Demi Lovato have all donated cash to aid the relief effort, while Liam Gallagher has masterminded a charity show at London's Brixton Academy, which will feature performances from his new band Beady Eye, Paul Weller and Primal Scream.


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