Amnesty International has announced the release of a massive box set featuring live performances from artists including Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen and U2.
Titled ¡Released!, the six-disc DVD and two-disc CD box set will feature 12 hours of concert footage shot at Human Rights shows between 1986 and 1998 plus five hours of bonus material including interviews with Springsteen and Sting and a never-before-seen Peter Gabriel tour video.
The live footage is taken from the 1986 ‘A Conspiracy Of Hope’ US concert tour, the 1988 ‘Human Rights Now!’ world tour, the 1990 ‘An Embrace of Hope’ concert in Chile and the 1998 ‘The Struggle Continues’ concert in Paris, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The 1986 tour footage includes performances by U2, The Police and Lou Reed, while sets by Springsteen, Gabriel and Tracy Chapman are among the highlights of the 1988 tour footage.
The 1990 concert features sets by Sting, Sinead O’Connor and Jackson Browne, while the 1998 show boasts a stellar line-up including Radiohead, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant and Alanis Morissette. The box set will be released on November 5 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the ‘Human Rights Now! world’ tour.
Music historian Martin Lewis, who compiled the footage for the box set, told Wenn: “The rock music community has been spectacular in its support for Amnesty. These concerts broke new ground in galvanising audiences to become involved. They fused cause and content in an inspirational way. It’s been an honour to work with Sting, Bruce, Bono, Peter and the other artists in restoring and producing these concerts for home release.”