Tibetan Freedom Concert (1996-2012)
While studying Buddhism in Nepal in the early Nineties, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch learned more about the quiet struggle of the Tibetan people to gain independence from the repressive Chinese government. Yauch and his fellow Beasties eventually rallied like-minded artists around the cause of Tibetan freedom and held a concert in San Francisco that featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, Smashing Pumpkins, Cibo Matto, Rage Against the Machine and De La Soul. Tibetan Freedom concerts were held in six subsequent years as well, with the most recent in 2012 and the most ambitious in 1999, when four Free Tibet shows occurred on the same day in Wisconsin, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Sidney. U2, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., the Foo Fighters and more have used the events to draw attention to a cause that would almost certainly have gone under-noticed otherwise.