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Huge Benefit Concert for Japan Canceled

Also: Watch footage from a smaller benefit show in London last night featuring Beady Eye, Primal Scream and Richard Ashcroft

April 4, 2011 2:15 PM ET
Huge Benefit Concert for Japan Canceled
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A massive concert that was planned for April 14th at London's Wembley Arena to benefit the relief efforts in Japan has been canceled. The show, which was intended to be a major spectacle that would be broadcast worldwide, was scrapped by Live Nation when the promoter could not book enough major acts to pull off a large-scale event.

Though the Wembley concert has been dropped, a similar but much smaller benefit event was held last night at London's Brixton Academy. That show, which was headlined by Liam Gallagher's new band Beady Eye, had a bill that was basically a who's who of Britpop – Primal Scream featuring the Sex Pistols' Glenn Matlock on bass, the Verve's Richard Ashcroft, the Jam's Paul Weller and Graham Coxon of Blur.

Here are a few video clips from last night's show:



Primal Scream perform "Movin' On Up" with Glenn Matlock.



Richard Ashcroft plays a solo version of the Verve ballad "Sonnet."



Beady Eye play their upbeat single "Bright the Light." 

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