Sept. 24 - Stars Elton John, Jude Law and James Morrison headline a London concert for World Peace Day. Matthew Stock reports.
Sir Elton John headlines a London concert marking the United Nations World Peace Day. The event calls for a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Actor Jude Law jointly organised the concert with the Peace One Day foundation. It came as anti-U.S. and anti-Western protests continued to spread around the world, sparked by a film lampooning the Prophet Mohammad. Law said this made the concert especially poignant. SOUNDBITE Actor Jude Law, saying: (English) "I suppose in the end, you know, the unrest will always continue just as bullying will always continue and that's all the more reason for me and everyone else to support this extraordinary organisation." Organisers said they were hoping for "the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day". British model Lily Cole also lent her support for the concert. SOUNDBITE Model Lily Cole, saying: (English) "Whether it's race, politics, nations, individuals, any kind of antagonism and conflict separates us and ultimately, hopefully we're realising that the point of a pause today for peace... I really, genuinely, deeply believe that all humans are good and that if you ask any individuals fighting in those conflicts situations, they probably deeply wouldn't want to be in conflict." Other performers included popular British pop star James Morrison. But it was Elton John's hit-laden set that was the highlight of the night - with the iconic singer performing such favourites as Tiny Dancer and Bennie and the Jets.