Eric Clapton is set to headline a tsunami relief concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on January 22nd. British singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy and Wales’ own Manic Street Preachers will also perform, with additional acts to be announced.
All proceeds from the Cardiff show will go to victims of the December 26th tsunami which devastated South Asia, leaving approximately 150,000 dead and a decade’s worth of rebuilding in its wake. About two-thirds of the venue’s seats (45,000) have already sold, and organizers anticipate raising about $1.8 million.
Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne and American Idol judge Simon Cowell are preparing a charity remake of Clapton’s Grammy-winning “Tears in Heaven.” Among those confirmed for the celebrity recording thus far are Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John. Clapton originally penned the hit song in memory of his four-year-old son Conor, who died in a 1991 accident.