Big names for New York show

R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes and Rufus Wainwright are to take part in an anti-war concert in New York next month.

The acts, along with Fischerspooner, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D, Devendra Banhart and Peaches, have all confirmed thair appearance at the ‘Bring ‘Em Home Now’ event on March 20 at Hammerstein Ballroom, reports Billboard.

The event is tied to the third anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq, and will also feature a speech by activist Cindy Sheehan.

Proceeds will benefit Iraq Veterans Against The War and Veterans for Peace.

Fischerspooner‘s Casey Spooner said of the event: “It is impossible not to react to the current state of affairs through personal action and artistic production.

“We have been at war for three years. One desperately feels the need for someone to speak some sort of truth, either poetic or factual.”