Inspired by the Live Aid concerts for famine relief in Africa, top Soviet pop stars will stage an unprecedented concert at a Moscow stadium Friday to raise money for relief work connected with the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, Reuter reported yesterday.
The Soviet Union's best-known singer, Alla Pugacheva, and rock band, Avtograph, are among seven acts scheduled to appear at the show at the Olympic stadium in Moscow, an arena built for the 1980 games.
No public announcement has been made about the concert, called Account No. 904, but news of it has spread by word of mouth among young Muscovites. Stadium officials were providing access credentials for the western press, and they said foreign ambassadors were being invited.
Account No. 904 refers to a national fund set up last week for citizens' contributions to help the community affected by the April 26 accident, in which 19 people were killed and 92,000 evacuated.
Artyom Troitsky, one of the concert's organizers and a leading Soviet rock critic, said, "We all want to do what we can to help the people evacuated from the Chernobyl area and to help the families of the victims."
Avtograph performed from Moscow as part of last summer's Live Aid concert.
Pugacheva, who recently performed in Italy with Sting, said last week that she was trying to contact several international stars, including Sting (his latest single is titled "Russians") and Elton John (his latest single is "Nikita," a story set on the Soviet border).
In London, a press representative for Elton John, who has toured in the Soviet Union, said the singer had been contacted but already had commitments for the next few months.
Kathy Schenker, American press representative for Sting, said, "Yes, we have been contacted, yes, it is a possibility, and yes, it's been discussed. But no, there is no decision, and no, nothing is confirmed." Sting is about to embark on a series of American concert dates aimed at raising awareness of and funds for Amnesty International.