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In 2008, it Takes an Eco Village to Rock Proper


File this one under “who knew?”: The (rainforest-saving) Sting of The (Live Earth-performing) Police has been named a dirtier person for the planet than the often-publicly-polluted Pete Dougherty of Babyshambles. Although the folks responsible for this claim, Britain's NME (New Music Express), might not be fair in comparing apples to junkies. NME recently published a list rating musicians' carbon footprints, using the website carbonfootprint.com, and musical acts were assigned ratings from 1, being good, to 10, being “as good for the Earth as an oil spill.” Radiohead fared the best in this contest, with a rating of 2. Thom Yorke of Radiohead has made a concerted effort to reduce their footprint after the band realized their Hail to the Thief tour required a carbon offset of 50,000 trees. So how did the Police come out looking so bad, with a ranking of 7? John Buckley from carbonfootprint.com explains: Whereas bands who earned lower ratings in this list tend to play smaller venues that attract more local audiences, “At the Live Earth concert in New Jersey where The Police played, the biggest contribution to carbon emissions wasn't from the concert itself, it was the fans. The Police played lots of big stadiums - they need to be careful over where they play, and make sure it's near public transport.”

This system seems a bit unfair, blaming the bands for how their fans arrived at their concerts, but the issue gives musicians and fans more food for thought when considering their future rocking choices. Good thing for all those earth-friendly music tours, which in these colder months have slowed down a bit. However, it has just been announced that the Honda Civic Tour will kick off in San Francisco in April with headliners Panic at the Disco, pimping out their customized Panic-autographed Civic Hybrid at each of the tour's stops, which will be given away to one lucky concert-goer. (Last year the headliners were the eco-friendly, Live Earth-performing teen dreams Fall Out Boy.) As with previous years, the tour will feature an eco village with carbon offsets, outreach, and green contests, as provided by the nonprofit organization Reverb. Another participant in the tour is Global Inheritance, which enables concert-goers to charge their cell phones using bikes. What will they think of next?

Always with the scoop, NME also just announced that Panic at the Disco has removed the “!” that previously followed the “Panic”, which if you ask us doesn't make the name much less wack. But even though all the good band names have apparently been used up, we're glad to see that some of these kids today are all right.