International Report: Live Earth Sydney

July 7, 2007 10:21 AM ET

We asked Rolling Stone's international editions to report on the Live Earth concerts nearest them. Here's the report from Dan Lander of Rolling Stone Australia on Live Earth Sydney:

Wolfmother, Jack Johnson, Crowded House, Blue King Brown, Toni Collette, Sneaky Sound System, Ghostwriters, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Missy Higgins, John Butler Trio.

• Crowded House joined by everybody on the bill for a sing-along version of "Weather With You," a song which took on a new meaning under the circumstances.
• An intense-as-hell drum solo from the John Butler Trio's Michael Barker, the perfect foil to Butler's equally intense demand to Australia's leaders not to introduce nuclear energy as an answer to global warming (we have much better options). The JBT set was a standout overall -- there is no one on the planet who sounds better at an outside gig than these guys.
• Paul Kelly joined by Kev Carmody, Missy Higgins and John Butler for "From Little Things Big Things Grow." The whole crowd sung along -- all eleven verses.

Academy-Award nominated actress Toni Collette and her band the Finish closing their set with a very fitting cover of T. Rex's "Children of the Revolution", proving not every actor who tries their hand at music need be as bad as Russell Crowe.

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