September 30, 2012 in Nation/World

Concert highlights worldwide poverty

From Wire Reports
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Neil Young, right, performs with his band Crazy Horse including Frank Sampedro, left, and Ralph Molina in Central Park in New York on Saturday.
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Neil Young, John Legend, Black Keys and others wowed 60,000 music fans who turned out Saturday night for a free concert in New York’s Central Park to call attention to global poverty.

Dubbed the Global Citizen Festival, the concert also featured K’naan, Band of Horses and Foo Fighters, with Young’s performance capping off the evening.

Legend made a surprise appearance, playing “Imagine” at a piano on the Great Lawn stage, a short walk from where the song’s author, John Lennon, once lived.

The concert was scheduled around the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and organizers used an innovative approach to ticket distribution so that many concert-goers had to learn about an array of global problems, such as polio, malaria, child mortality, and polluted drinking water, in order to get a ticket.

Anyone wanting free tickets had to register at, which then required users to watch videos or read information about poverty-related issues. Each time material was consumed, users could earn points toward a drawing for tickets. Points were also accumulated by sharing information via Twitter or Facebook.

Kings of Leon bassist marries model

Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill and model Martha Patterson are married.

The couple tied the knot Saturday at a ceremony with friends and family outside Nashville.

The marriage means all four members of the Followill family band are off the market. Older brothers Nathan and Caleb and cousin Matthew have already started families.

Patterson, 21, said in a Tweet she’s “marrying my best friend today.” Followill, 25, quipped that he’s “dreamed about this day since I was a little girl.”

The birthday bunch

Actress Angie Dickinson is 81. Singer Johnny Mathis is 77. Singer Marilyn McCoo (The Fifth Dimension) is 69. Actor Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”) is 58. Actress Fran Drescher is 55. Actor Eric Stoltz is 51. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) is 49. Actor Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) is 42. Actor Kieran Culkin is 29. Rapper T-Pain is 28.

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