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International Report: Live Earth Rio

July 7, 2007 8:13 PM ET

WHO PLAYED:
Pharrell, Macy Gray, Lenny Kravitz, Guilherme Arantes, Xuxa, O Rappa, Marcelo D2, Jota Quest, Jorge Ben Jor.

HIGHLIGHT:
Macy Gray and her backing vocalists decked out in dresses stamped with political messages targeting racism, the crisis in Darfur and the war in Iraq. Her band also busted out live samples of "Give Peace a Chance" sprinkled with Jimi Hendrix riffs.

MOST UNEXPECTED MOMENT:
An ecstatic Lenny Kravitz jumped off the stage and joined the audience of 400,000 during "Let Love Rule." The crowd, unsurprisingly, went crazy.

From Rolling Stone Brazil

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