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207 - Callous Daoboys, JID, 156/Silence, Human Rights Now! tour

Ep. 207

Welcome back to another episode of Riot Act, a podcast about music. This week Steve is once again joined by Sam Sleight to chat about all the big issues and events over the last week.

There's new albums from The Callous Daoboys, JID and 156/Silence to get through, there's also some pretty depressing news from various angles regarding Scott Kelly's disgraced retirement from music, Pras from The Fugees getting tied up in a money laundering scandal, fire starting destruction at Reading and Leeds festivals and... this isn't so bad, Cradle of Filth and Ed Sheeran's collab effort drawing ever closer.

We then look back at the Human Rights Now! tour, which began on this day back in 1988 and featured a bill of Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tracey Chapman and more. All put on to raise awareness of Amnesty International, which it succeeded in doing in spectacular fashion. We track the progress of the ambitious tour and look at the genesis of the Benefit Concert, from Handel playing Messiah for a children's charity back in the 18th century, to Ariana Grande's One Love for Manchester concert set up in the aftermath of the terror attack on her Manchester Arena show in 2017.

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