Added on 21-Dec-2004

The official press release announcing Queen + Paul Rodgers involvement.NELSON MANDELA ANNOUNCES 46664 SOUTH AFRICA CONCERT SPEARHEADED BY ROCK LEGENDS QUEEN

(JO’BURG – 20th December 2004) Former President Nelson Mandela announced today plans for a second 46664 concert to be staged in South Africa early next year.

Fifteen months after their participation in the historic 46664 founding concert in Cape Town last November, Queen, joined for the first time by singer songwriter multi instrumentalist Paul Rodgers (Free / Bad Company), will return to further help the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s 46664 campaign in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS with a concert at Fancourt on March 19.

In announcing 46664 South Africa, as the concert has been titled, Former President Nelson Mandela also confirmed that a number of further international artists will join Queen + Paul Rodgers, together with several South African artists. The full line-up, which will include prominent international female artists will be revealed early in the New Year.

The event, taking place at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, is being made possible by the generous support of philanthropist Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of SAP, who has given the venue for free to stage the concert. Dr. Plattner will also further underwrite the entire costs of the event so that all profits from tickets, hospitality etc can be donated directly to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in the names of the performing artists.

Making the announcement, Former President Nelson Mandela said, “46664 South Africa will build on the success of our truly memorable concert in Cape Town last year. It will serve to support the efforts of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and to show the world that South Africa is really addressing this most vital issue. And most importantly, it will help us raise more funds to lead the fight to help those infected and affected by this pandemic.” Mr Mandela added: “We are incredibly indebted to Dr Plattner for his most generous support that will enable us not only to stage this second 46664 concert, but also to put money straight into the field projects of my Foundation to support our fight to stop HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and to help in particular the growing numbers of women infected and affected.”

A message from Queen’s Brian May regarding their return to South Africa said: “This is a great occasion for Queen to fulfil our continuing commitment to Nelson Mandela's AIDS cause. It is particularly exciting because this will be the first opportunity for Roger and myself to play a full set on stage with Paul Rodgers. We will be routining together especially for this concert in the weeks leading up to this date. It will be an international 'first'”.

The 46664 South Africa Concert will be produced by Jim Beach (co-producer with JF Cecillon of the launch concert in Cape Town last year), together with much of the same technical team behind the original concert, and will be fiilmed by SABC for transmission across the entire African sub-continent.


Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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