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McCartney to play Earth Day concert at Bowl

LOS ANGELES -- Paul McCartney will return to the Hollywood Bowl next month to headline an Earth Day concert, his first performance at the landmark since a Beatles concert nearly 30 years ago.

Concerts for the Environment, the promoter of the April 16 Los Angeles event, said Wednesday that concerts also are slated for April 18 in New York and April 22 in Washington.

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The group Midnight Oil will headline those two concerts and Violent Femmes will appear at the Washington event.

Promoters say they have planned environment-conscious concerts. The lighting, sound and video screens will be solar-powered and one sponsor, O wear, will sell commemorative T-shirts made of organic cotton.

Vegetarian items will be offered at concession stands and promoters are encouraging carpooling and the use of shuttle buses to cut down on pollution from idling cars. While parking at the Hollywood Bowl will cost as much as $20, shuttle bus tickets will sell for $2.

Tickets for the McCartney concert go on sale Saturday in Los Angeles. Prices range from $25 for a bench seat on the hillside far from the stage to $1,250 for a box seat.

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McCartney last appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965, the second of two concerts recorded for the Beatles' 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' album.

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