Iconic Amnesty series returns with Feb. 5 all-star show

The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Lauryn Hill, and Tegan and Sara are among the stars booked for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert Feb. 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake also are confirmed to perform at the show, a revival of the organization's legendary Human Rights Concert series.

The reboot takes place more than 25 years after the initial concert series, when U2, Lou Reed and a host of musical luminaries helped raise awareness of human rights issues around the globe. Now the organization wants to focus on a new generation grappling with the digital era.

"The fight for global human rights begins at home," Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA, said in a statement. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."

Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Grammy-nominated rock band Imagine Dragons, added, "Amnesty's past concerts have featured some of the greatest artists of our generation and have been catalysts for real, measurable change. It's an honor to perform as part of this event and continue the cause of championing human rights around the world."

Amnesty staged 28 concerts around the world from 1986 to 1998, including 1988's six-week, five-continent Human Rights Now! tour with Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N'Dour. Those shows tripled Amnesty's global membership.

For more information, visit AmnestyUSA.org. Tickets for the go on sale Saturday (check BarclaysCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com for details). American Express card members may purchase tickets before the general public starting Thursday.


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