The Red Cross on Saturday settled a dispute surrounding a concert to raise money for Kurdish refugees, assuring rock stars that Africans and Bangladeshis suffering from natural disasters will not be forsaken.
Sting, Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor, among those scheduled to perform in a series of simultaneous benefit concerts Sunday, had objected that all money would go to the Kurdish refugees.But they dropped their objections Saturday after being informed that charity laws require that money collected for a specific cause to go to that cause, said British Red Cross spokesman John Gray.
Gray also said the benefit would free Red Cross fund-raisers to focus on aid to Bangladesh and Africa.
The lineup for the five-hour main concert at Wembley Arena on Sunday night includes M.C. Hammer, Lisa Stansfield and Chris de Burgh. Artists participating elsewhere include Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Hall and Oates, Yes, INXS, Paul Simon and Rod Stewart.
De Burgh, a British rocker who has made his home in Ireland, was the first musician to volunteer for the concert and also gave the campaign its theme song, "The Simple Truth."
The concert will be broadcast in at least three dozen countries including the Soviet Union. MTV will broadcast it in the United States.