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International Report: Live Earth Tokyo

July 7, 2007 10:43 AM ET

WHO PLAYED: Linkin Park, Rihanna and Japanese acts Kumi Koda, AI and Ayaka.

 

HIGHLIGHT:
The performance by Linkin Park: the crowd was so excited that it rushed to the front of the stadium, interrupting the set for close to a half hour. Chester Bennington also gave a long, moving speech urging the crowd to get involved.

From Tomoki Ohno of Rolling Stone Japan:

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“Vans”

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