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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 11:08 GMT


Radiohead and Spingsteen play for human rights

Thom Yorke of Radiohead (centre): Show "addresses my guilt"

Rock veteran Bruce Springsteen is joining British band Radiohead and Canadian singer Alanis Morissette for a concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour and Tracy Chapman are also on the bill at the Bercy Stadium in Paris for the concert, which is being organised by pressure group Amnesty International and retailer The Body Shop.

The concert is part of a week of events to mark the anniversary of the declaration, and marks 10 years since Gabriel, Chapman and N'Dour took part in Amnesty's Human Rights Now tour.

[ image: Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA, backing the UN]
Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA, backing the UN
It is Radiohead's only European appearance of the year, and frontman Thom Yorke has described the show as "addressing my guilt".

"Radiohead came out of the grunge culture of complaint. I think we've grown up and it's dawned on us that our problems are utterly irrelevant and it's offensive to have them rammed down your throat on MTV," he added.

Peter Gabriel, a veteran of Amnesty's human rights shows a decade ago, said: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a very powerful document. I am very happy Amnesty International has managed to organise a concert for the 50th anniversary.

"People need to know the rights their government have accepted yet frequently ignore and abuse. It should be a great night."

[ image: Alanis Morissette: Also playing in Paris]
Alanis Morissette: Also playing in Paris
The concert coincides with a summit of world leaders being held in Paris to discuss human rights. Amnesty officials are hoping United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and South African President Nelson Mandela will attend the concert when the summit is over.

UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson said: "We really need a celebration. We need to renew the vision. If people know their rights, and know that they belong to them - not to states - it helps them to assert and to claim those rights."

An Amnesty International spokeswoman echoed her feelings: "We hope to make people more aware of the rights they have, and to bring home that looking after human rights is everyone's reponsibility."

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