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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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“Don't Dream It's Over”

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Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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