'Live Aid'... Sri Lanka style !


Whenever we think of ‘Live Aid,’ we are reminded of the concert, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief, in Africa..

It was, in fact, a dual-venue benefit concert, held on Saturday 13 July, 1985, with some of the biggest names in showbiz, performing for a worthy cause.

More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Queen, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton.

They say the ‘Live Aid’ concert raised $ 127 million.

Right here, in our midst, we have Richard de Zoysa, a go-getter, who is working on putting together a huge fund-raiser concert – for a very worthy cause.

Richard was among the VIPs present, at the Cancer Hospital, Maharagama, to witness a musical event, featuring Sohan, Trishelle, Nuwan, Rajiv and Benjy (of Mirage fame), who decided to make their services available on Christmas Day (December 25th, 2018) to entertain the patients of the Apeksha Cancer Hospital.

A chat with Doctor Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake revealed that the hospital needed funds for equipment, medicine, etc.

This galvanized Richard into action and his plan is to raise as much as Rs. 5 million for this hospital, by way of a concert, featuring the cream of local artistes – the stars of the local showbiz scene.

According to Richard, he intends bringing into the spotlight, around 20 solo singers.

There will be two bands on stage – one in the first session and the other doing the needful in the second session.

"I want this concert to be a musical show with a difference and I’m working towards it."

Richard mentioned that the two bands who will back the artistes are Sohan & The X-Periments and Mirage.

"Each solo artiste will light up the stage with a song of their choice and my aim is to make the whole package unique and different."

Till recently, The Little Hut, at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, was ‘little’ in many ways – the atmosphere, the setup, the music, etc.

With Richard’s expertise, The HUT is now the ‘in place’ to be, especially where entertainment is concerned, with three nights of live music every week - Sherriden and the Sunset Band (Thursdays), Wildfire (Fridays) and Mirage (Saturdays).

Yes, ‘Live Aid,’ Sri Lanka style, is what Richard de Zoysa says he is putting together in order to raise Rs. 5 million for the Apeksha Cancer Hospital, in Maharagama.

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