Pope John Paul II, the Eurythmics, Lou Reed and Andrea Bocelli may not sound like your typical concert lineup, but that’s the roster for the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World, May 1 at the Rome U.
The Pope will welcome and address the young audience at the free outdoor rock concert. His speech, which will be broadcast on television worldwide, will focus on reducing debt in the world’s poorest nations.
Following the Pope’s address, Bocelli will sing a musical tribute to him.
Organizers of the event hope the Vatican’s participation helps bring global exposure to the issue. Although the final lineup has not yet been decided and additional invitations are being extended to other singers, organizers are already predicting a turnout of more than half a million people.