Added on 27-Aug-2008
Queen + Paul Rodgers Support the Call With ANTIAIDS Concert In Kharkov Freedom SquareQueen + Paul Rodgers will head a massive outdoor concert in one of Europeâ€™s biggest public squares ahead of the start of their forthcoming European tour to support Ukraineâ€™s Anti-Aids campaign.Promoting the message â€œDonâ€™t let AIDS to ruin your life!â€, Queen will perform a free concert in Kharkovâ€™s historic Freedom Square on September 12 . The concert is expected to attract more than 100,000 to Europeâ€™s second-largest city-centre square. Supported by Queenâ€™s own HIV AIDS charity, The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the free concert is being organized by the Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation and is being devoted to the fight against AIDS in the Ukraine. For Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, now joined by legendary rock vocalist and writer Paul Rodgers, the concert is one of many the band has played to address the issue of HIV AIDS. In June the band joined a host of international stars in Londonâ€™s Hyde Park at the 46664 concert to celebrate Nelson Mandelaâ€™s 90th birthday and generate further awareness of the work being done by Mandelaâ€™s HIV AIDS organization.Elena Franchuk, Founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation said: â€œWeâ€™ve chosen Kharkov for this concert â€“ it is the biggest city of our country after Kiev with a population of 1. 5 million as is at its heart a student city. For this reason it is a perfect setting for the concert: the greatest incidence of new HIV cases is registered among young people between 15-25 living in the big urban areas. After the great success of the Elton John concert we organized in Kiev in the main square in 2007 we decided to take the message of our HIV/AIDS problem not only to the capital cities but to our youth all over Ukraine. I strongly believe there are no better speakers for the cause than the founders of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, joined as they now are by Paul Rodgers. Freedom Square in Kharkov is the second largest square in Europe and the sixth largest square in the world. A week before the concert a large stage with the Queen + Paul Rodgers branded podium will be set up at the center of Kharkov, where the band will step up on September, 12. Queen + Paul Rodgerâ€™s appearance will be the focus of addressing a public audience on the issue of AIDS. Everyone attending the concert will have an opportunity to receive a special gift of thanks from the band â€“ the opportunity to download on their cell phones through Bluetooth the ringtone of their hit Say Itâ€™s Not True, penned especially for Nelson Mandelaâ€™s 46664 Aids Foundation and the current single C-lebrity. During their visit to the Ukraine Queen + Paul Rodgers will join Elena Franchuk at a special press conference in Kiev on September 11 and a visit to Red University where they will discuss with a group of students the subject of world efforts being made to address HIV/AIDS. In the lead up to the concert over 200 volunteers will work at the square before the concert â€“ mainly students of Kharkovâ€™s Universities – distributing free condoms and information about HIV/AIDS. A few days before the concert social the square will host a newly created poster exhibition devoted to the HIV/AIDS problem.