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Robert Downey Jr to Host Bigger Super-Avengers of Rock for Sting’s Rainforest Show: Springsteen, James Taylor, Annie Lennox, John Mellencamp, Ricky Martin


As Tony Stark, Robert Downey, Jr only has to wrangle people like Captain America and the Hulk.

For Sting and Trudie Styler’s 18th Rainforest Foundation concert, Downey will emcee a group that could pulverize the Avengers: Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, plus Shaggy, H.E.R., Ricky Martin, Bob Geldof and MJ Rodriguez. That’s quite a line up.

The show is called “We’ll Be Together,” named for a 1987 Sting hit. The date is December 9th at the Beacon Theater. Tickets for the show will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 1st via and Ticketmaster Charge by Phone. Tickets will also be available at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre box office on November 2nd.

This year’s show is on overdrive talent-wise because the Rainforests have been more damaged and threatened than in recent years. Severe fires, unattended by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, brought new attention to the urgency to keep the Rainforests protected. Founded in 1989 by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, the Rainforest Fund aims to protect the world’s rainforests and defend the human rights of the indigenous peoples who live there. “With the Amazon blighted by fire this summer, and a real and growing awareness of climate change, there has never been a more important or more opportune moment to fight to protect our forests,” Styler said in a statement. “All life on earth depends on their survival.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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