That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
When Al Gore announced the series of July 7 Live Earth concerts, he made a point to mention that there would be a performance on all seven continents — Antarctica included. According to today’s Yeas & Nays in the D.C. Examiner, he is following through. Even though he was told that no boats or planes could get out of the British Antarctic Station there, as it is mid-winter, there already is a band in place at the South Pole. BAS press representative Linda Capper told blogger Tim Slagle, “We have a house band — five of our science team. They are very good indie rock-folk fusion. The remaining 17 will be the audience on location.” A colleague will film the performance for broadcast that day.
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone has a special global warming issue and a behind-the-scenes look at the planning of Live Earth. Producer Kevin Wall is obviously scrambling to organize the event, and seems none too pleased about comments that Bob Geldof made. The “Live Aid” creator said, “It’s just an enormous pop concert,” adding that the event needs to offer concrete measures for solving global warming rather than just “awareness.” But according to Wall, they are working toward “concrete measures.” After Geldof made the comments, he e-mailed Wall, not to apologize but to tell him to “relax.”
“I tell you, he better do some fucking press for me,” Wall tells Rolling Stone. “That guy owes me.”
More Endorsements: Hillary got the plum backing of Steven Spielberg today, but there’s a few others out there as well. Philanthropist Sheila Johnson, of the BET fortune, is backing Obama. Even though he showed up at a Clinton event last week, Rapper Run DMC likes both Hillary and Barack. He tells the new York Observer, that he thinks Obama, “could fix everything,” but he was thinking about backing Mrs. Clinton “because it’s gangsta. I ain’t doing what everybody else is doing.”
From the NYO: “Asked to expand on his point, Mr. McDaniels said, ‘You know what I’m saying. I didn’t say ‘Barack would do a better job’ because I have faith in Hillary. I just [think] Barack would have nobody to worry about. You know what I’m saying? He’s like—he’s like Run-D.M.C. wearing Adidas into a Reebok party. Or a Nike party. People got to respect that. Because for me, it’s not about—for me, everything that I do, it’s not about black, white, Democrat, Republican. Everything I do is about all of us. Because we all hip-hop.'”
“On a political, on a Hollywood, political platform, he’s a new player in town. He’s like Run-D.M.C. to the music industry to break into MTV, if I can put it like that.”
More Fred: When Fred Thompson was asked on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” if he thinks Al Gore will leave show business and get in the race: “That would be a foolish thing to do, wouldn’t it?”
Dean Play: Jake Gyllenhaal is mulling a play based on the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean, reports the New York Post.