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Bon Jovi, Wyclef Rock for Kerry

Fundraising concerts scheduled for New York, L.A.

May 20, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Two major concerts are planned for June 7th and 10th in Los Angeles and New York to raise money for presidential candidate John Kerry.

"The purpose is to try to change the situation," says John Mellencamp, who is appearing at "A Change Is Going to Come," on June 10th at New York's Radio City Music Hall. James Taylor, Wyclef Jean, Bette Midler, Darlene Love, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg will also perform. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond will headline a June 7th event at L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall, along with Billy Crystal and Willie Nelson. It will be the first time that Streisand and Diamond have performed together in twenty-four years.

"People dislike Bush so much that they're dying to do whatever they can," says Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner, the executive producer of both shows.

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