SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

May 01, 2007 18:58 ET

Green Day Included in All-Star Line-Up of Artists Featured on "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur"

Best-Selling Trio Covers John Lennon's "Working Class Hero"

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- Grammy Award-winning rock band Green Day will contribute a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" to the forthcoming CD "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur." The track will be available for purchase digitally beginning May 1, and will be included on "Instant Karma," which will be released by Warner Bros. Records June 12.

In keeping with its long tradition of activism powered by music, Amnesty International, the world's largest grassroots human rights organization, will use Yoko Ono's generous gift of Lennon's solo catalogue as the centerpiece of its campaign to focus attention and mobilize on the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan. Proceeds from the double CD -- which features more than 20 iconic Lennon songs recorded by such best-selling artists as U2, R.E.M., Avril Lavigne, and Snow Patrol -- will support Amnesty International's efforts in this region.

"Instant Karma" aims to harness the power of Lennon's solo songbook to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights. The caustic "Working Class Hero" appears on Lennon's first post-Beatles solo album, 1970's "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," and is considered one of his most overtly political songs.

"We wanted to do 'Working Class Hero' because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us," says Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's such a raw, aggressive song -- just that line: 'you're still f***ing peasants as far as I can see' -- we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we've done him justice."

In early May, Green Day, which also includes bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool, will shoot an accompanying video for "Working Class Hero" directed by Sam Bayer, who directed each video for the band's multi-platinum 2004 album "American Idiot."

Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International mobilizes millions of people from all walks of life to take action to protect human rights. With more than 2 million members and supporters, it is the world's largest human rights organization. Its members protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Amnesty International investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Amnesty International has a long history of activism involving musicians including 1988's worldwide Human Rights Now! Tour and 1998's Paris concert, which honored the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, respectively. Collectively, the concerts featured performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, Alanis Morissette, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Radiohead.

For more information about "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur" or Amnesty International, please visit www.InstantKarma.org in the United States or www.amnesty.org/noise outside the United States.

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