A massive concert that was planned for April 14th at London’s Wembley Arena to benefit the relief efforts in Japan has been canceled. The show, which was intended to be a major spectacle that would be broadcast worldwide, was scrapped by Live Nation when the promoter could not book enough major acts to pull off a large-scale event.
Though the Wembley concert has been dropped, a similar but much smaller benefit event was held last night at London’s Brixton Academy. That show, which was headlined by Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye, had a bill that was basically a who’s who of Britpop – Primal Scream featuring the Sex Pistols‘ Glenn Matlock on bass, the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, the Jam‘s Paul Weller and Graham Coxon of Blur.
Here are a few video clips from last night’s show:
Primal Scream perform “Movin’ On Up” with Glenn Matlock.
Richard Ashcroft plays a solo version of the Verve ballad “Sonnet.”
Beady Eye play their upbeat single “Bright the Light.”