02 April 2009

"Change Begins Within" benefit concert

Ex-Beatles back change-through-meditation concert

By Suzanne Kayian / LiveDaily Contributor

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who are scheduled to perform this Saturday (3/4) at the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall, will appear at a press conference Friday (4/3) to endorse the David Lynch Foundation's initiative to teach one million at-risk youth to meditate. Friday's news conference will be webcast live at the David Lynch Foundation's websitebeginning at 12 noon (EDT), according to a press release. Joining the former Beatles bandmates during the event will be Lynch, Russell Simmons and a panel of doctors and educators.

Lynch will appear online again the following day during a 45-minute pre-concert webcast that will include a series of live interviews with concert performers and surprise guests, as well as with the film director/meditation enthusiast himself. The webcast, which starts at 6:30 pm (EDT) at DLF.TV, also will stream video reports about the foundation's Transcendental Meditation-based school projects in the US and around the world.

The benefit concert, which will raise funds to support the meditation initiative, also will feature Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette, Mike Love and Jim James.

Concert highlights will be available April 5 beginning at 10 a.m. at the foundation's website.

The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for more than 60,000 students, parents and teachers to learn to meditate throughout the US, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, according to a press release. The Foundation also funds independent university research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on stress, learning and behavior.

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