Pavarotti & Friends

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Pavarotti & Friends was a series of benefit concerts hosted by Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti between 1992 and 2003 in his home town of Modena, Italy. Proceeds from the events were donated to humanitarian causes including the international aid agency War Child[1] and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.[2] The concerts featured Pavarotti performing with special musical guests[3] and each concert was released as a compilation album and DVD under London Records/Decca Records.

Concerts[edit]

Ten benefit concerts were held between 1992 to 2003. The concerts was broadcast in various countries and each concert was released as a compilation album and DVD under London Records/Decca Records. The Pavarotti & Friends Collection: The Complete Concerts, 1992-2000, a DVD featuring the first eight concerts, was released in November 2002 under Decca.[4]

Pavarotti & Friends (1992)[edit]

The first Pavarotti & Friends concert was held on 27 September 1992, featuring guest stars Sting, Bob Geldof, Brian May, Eric Clapton and Mike Oldfield. A compilation album and DVD was released under Decca Records.[5] The compilation album sold 120,000 units in the US[6] and around 1.5 million units worldwide.[1]

Pavarotti & Friends 2 (1994)[edit]

Pavarotti & Friends 2 took place on 1995, and featured guest performances by Bryan Adams, Andreas Vollenweider, Nancy Gustafson, Giorgia and Andrea Bocelli. A compilation album and DVD was released under London Records (now Decca Records).[6] The compilation album sold around 1 million copies worldwide.[1]

Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Bosnia (1995)[edit]

Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Bosnia took place on 12 September 1995 in support of the War Child charity, specifically to benefit war-torn Bosnia.[1] The concert featured guest performances by Bono, Meat Loaf, Simon Le Bon, Michael Bolton, The Edge, Brian Eno and Dolores O'Riordan.[7][8] The concert was broadcast on PBS[1] and a compilation album and DVD was released under London Records (now Decca Records).[9]

Pavarotti & Friends for War Child (1996)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for War Child concert was held on Proceeds from the concert were donated to the international aid agency, War Child, specifically in aid of children in Bosnia. The concert featured guest performances by Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Liza Minnelli and Joan Osborne.[10][11]

Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia (1998)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia was held on 9 June 1998, in support of the War Child charity, specifically to benefit the orphans of war-torn Liberia.[12] The concert was directed by Spike Lee and featured guest performances by Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Trisha Yearwood, Natalie Cole and The Corrs. The concert was broadcast on BBC and PBS,[13] and on syndication in the US,[14][15] and also released as a compilation album and DVD.[16]

Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo (1999)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo concert was held on 1 June 1999, and raised $1 million for War Child programs to aid young refugees from Kosovo and Guatemala.[17][18] The concert featured guest performances by Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Boyzone, Lionel Ritchie, Gianni Morandi, Renato Zero and Gloria Estefan.[19] The concert was released as a compilation DVD and album.[20]

Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet (2000)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet concert took place on 6 June 2000, in support of a number of charities to benefit children in Cambodia and Tibet. The concert featured guest performers including George Michael, Eurythmics, Aqua, Enrique Iglesias and Skunk Anansie.[21] Special guests included the Dalai Lama who opened the event.[22]

Pavarotti & Friends for Afghanistan (2001)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for Afghanistan concert took place on 29 May 2001 to raise money for Afghanistan refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees programme. The concert featured guest performers including Tom Jones, Barry White, George Benson, Anastacia, Deep Purple, Bond and Morcheeba, as well as guest appearances by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and designer Donatella Versace.[23][3] The concert raised $3.3 million for its cause.[17]

Pavarotti & Friends for Angola (2002)[edit]

Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq (2003)[edit]

The Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq concert was held on 27 May 2003 to support United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s programmes for Iraqi refugees currently in Iran. The concert featured guest performances Bono, Queen, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Laura Pausini, Zucchero and Maná, and raised over €2 million for the UNHCR cause.[2][17]

Criticism[edit]

There was some criticism with regards to Pavarotti, a classically-trained opera singer, performing pop songs with pop stars at his charity concerts. Pavarotti responded to the critics saying: "Some say the word pop is a derogatory word to say 'not important'—I do not accept that. If the word classic is the word to say 'boring,' I do not accept. There is good and bad music.[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Tan, Vivian (28 May 2003). ""Pavarotti and Friends" celebrate 10th anniversary, raising over 2 million euros for Iraqi refugees". unhcr.org. 
  3. ^ a b Perrone, Pierre (30 May 2001). "Opera/Pop: Pavarotti and Friends". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "The Pavarotti & Friends Collection". Presto Classical. 
  5. ^ "Pavarotti & Friends". Presto Classical. 
  6. ^ a b Rosenblum, Trudi Miller (13 May 1995). "Pavarotti Expands Circle Of 'Friends'". Billboard. 107 (19): 16. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (19 April 1996). "Together for the Children of Bosnia". Entertainment Weekly. 
  8. ^ Greene, Andy (2 June 2015). "Flashback: Simon Le Bon Sings 'Ordinary World' With Pavarotti". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ "Luciano Pavarotti & Friends Together for the Children of Bosnia". AllMusic. 
  10. ^ "Phil Ramone: The Billboard Salute". Billboard. 108 (19): 28. 11 May 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ Grad, David (13 December 1996). "Pavarotti & Friends for War Child". Entertainment Weekly. 
  12. ^ "The tenor and the Spice Girls". BBC News. 10 June 1998. 
  13. ^ Smith, Dakota (10 April 1998). "SPICE GIRLS POWER UP FOR PAVAROTTI'S LIBERIA CHARITY SHOW". MTV News. 
  14. ^ James, Caryn (9 December 1998). "TELEVISION REVIEW". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Cromelin, Richard (9 December 1998). "'Pavarotti': Good Cause but Too Little Wonder". The Los Angeles Times. 
  16. ^ "Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c "Pavarotti and Bono sing for Iraq". BBC News. 8 April 2003. 
  18. ^ "'Pavarotti & Friends for War Child' 1999 Charity Concert Will Aid the Children of Kosovo and Guatemala". War Child USA (press release). 20 May 1999. 
  19. ^ Gill, John (13 September 1999). "MARIAH CAREY ON "PAVAROTTI & FRIENDS" CD WITH RICKY MARTIN, GLORIA ESTEFAN, OTHERS". MTV News. 
  20. ^ "Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Guatemala and Kosovo". AllMusic. 
  21. ^ "Michael and Pavarotti double act". BBC News. 2 June 2000. 
  22. ^ "Over One Million US Dollars Raised for Tibetan children by Pavarotti and Friends Concert in Italy". World Tibet Network News. 13 June 2000. 
  23. ^ "Pavarotti & Friends Sing For Refugees". Billboard. 30 May 2001. 
  24. ^ "Italian tenor Pavarotti has died at age 71, his manager tells the AP". wave3.com.