June 29, 2007 11:35

Keane defend Live Earth concerts

Band hit back at suggestions global event lacks credibility

Keane defend Live Earth concerts
Keane have hit back at suggestions that the forthcoming Live Earth concerts lack credibility.

The global event, organised by former US Vice President Al Gore to bring attention to the global warming crisis, has recently been called into question by the likes of Muse, Bob Geldof and The Who.

But Keane drummer Richard Hughes defended the global event and argued that Gore's campaign is working.

"Live Earth is getting a bit of flak like all good events like this tend to," he told NME.COM. "But you go to the middle of America and people are talking about it and hearing about it so it seems to be really doing the job that Al Gore wanted. We're really excited to be part of it because its a very big show."

The band will be lining up at the British leg of the event alongside Madonna, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.

The trio are also set to make an appearance at the new 02 Arena next month as part of a series of gigs which was recently kicked off by Bon Jovi, involving the likes of The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake and Prince

Hughes added: "We're looking forward to playing the 02 Arena because a lot of good bands are starting to play there and its turning out to be a good venue. Even Bon Jovi have played there!"

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