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Music Legends Launching World Tour to Promote Peace Through Music

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Legendary blues/rock musicians who have played with acts such as Eric Clapton, Guns N’ Roses, Dave Matthews Band, Carole King, Sergio Mendes, Lionel Richie, and others are forming a new all-star band to promote world peace through music.

They will combine with internationally-renowned music masters from nine world cultures to launch a world tour, beginning with three concerts in Southern California this month, in celebration of U.N. International Peace Day.

The concerts to promote U.N. Peace Day began three years ago through a joint venture between the United Nations and Listen for Life, which was founded in 1998 as a global family of music listeners, performers, and producers. The Listen for Life All-Star Band is the latest effort to expand the reach of the “global peace through music” mission, and follows prior Listen for Life concerts to commemorate U.N. Peace Day in the U.S., Bosnia, Croatia, Kenya, and the U.K.

“We are launching the all-star global concert tour in the Los Angeles area because of its music industry roots, and the springboard the area has offered to many legendary performers who believe music can bridge global discord,” Donna Stoering, founder of non-profit organization Listen for Life, said in a statement.

International recording artists from India, China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, and the Mid-East are among those scheduled to perform at the concerts in Southern California. They will represent nine world cultures, and will play 17 different instruments unique to their region.

“The way these instruments come together in harmony is the way we hope to unite musicians from around the globe in the spirit of world peace,” said Stoering. “That message will permeate all of the concert performances by the Listen for Life All-Star Band and ethnic music masters, worldwide, in the coming months and beyond.”

The Listen for Life Musicfests in Southern California are scheduled for Sept. 21 in Mission Viejo, Sept. 27 at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and Sept. 29 at the famed Ramona Bowl amphitheater in Hemet. For further information on locations, venues and tickets, visit www.listenforlife.org/peaceday.