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Get up, stand up! Amnesty International concert series coming to Barclays

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Finally — a throwback concert for the millenials!

The Amnesty International Human Rights Concert series — famously part of the U2- and Sting-helmed Human Rights Now! tour 25 years ago – is making its comeback at the Barclays Center. On Feb. 5, the Prospect Heights arena will host the Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and more, to raise money and awareness for the group’s causes.

“We wanted to empower a new generation to stand up for human rights both at home and abroad,” said Natalie Butz, spokeswoman at Amnesty International USA, explaining the youthful appeal of the 2014 lineup.

The original concert series ran from 1986 to 1998. The shows were inspired by Monty Python jokester John Cleese’s Secret Policeman’s Ball comedy galas, and in turn served as the model for concert series such as Live Aid. In keeping with the money-making bent of those shows, the tickets for this concert are expensive — the cheapest are more than $66 dollars and some “platinum” packages run as high as $795.

“Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.amnestyusa.org/Feb5Concert]. Feb. 5 at 8 pm. Tickets start at $66.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I find this an irony that this group would be preforming at an arena that was built on violating 5th amendment rights on eminent domain and just compensation not to mention using taxpayer dollars.
Jan. 14, 2014, 3:41 pm
jay from nyc says:
umm I thought AI was against torture, but then they sign these bands?
Jan. 14, 2014, 9:27 pm
topper from bkn says:
Tal once again rages against the machine.
Jan. 14, 2014, 11:50 pm

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