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Peru – Benefit Concert

November 13, 2007 - Peru

by Steve Henrichon

All weekend, workers were constructing an elaborate stage in the plaza de armas in Pisco. There was a huge concert on Tuesday. The concert was actually held in the national stadium in Lima and it attracted 40,000 concert goers. The live concert was then televised live on huge screens in the plaza de armas of Pisco, Chincha, and Ica. Concert telecommuting! There was also many live acts in each of the cities and the live feed displayed on the huge screens toggled between the four sites.

It was a benefit concert to support education in the south in the areas affected by the earthquake.

Rene and I joined our group of lady friends and headed to the plaza to join the 7000 people already there.

Mind you that there was 7000 people to watch a live concert on the screens.

Add 7000 in Chincha and about the same in Ica and you have a grand total of about 60,000 concert attendees for the benefit. The whole country was uniting to celebrate and support Pisco and the earthquake victims.

All of the popular Peruvian bands participated. Alejandro Sanz, who I learned is like the Justin Timberlake of Spain, even performed. We brought a water bottle filled with Pisco and we took shots all night. Towards the end of the night, the girls were pretty amped up and when their favorite, Yan Marco (spelling???), came out, they lost control and completely freaked out like they about to see the Beatles. Im talking like full-on screaming with their fingertips up to their mouths as if they cant believe it was truly happening. It was truly awesome.

Throughout the night they had short video specials about the earthquake that the played for everybody.

The had one video about the people who died in the collapsed church, which was right in front of us in the plaza de armas. It was very touching and I don’t think there was a dry eye out there. People were openly weeping. Then, in the story, the celebrated the heroes who actually pulled people from the church and the crowd erupted. It was an interesting evening. The concert was very well produced.

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