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November 1, 2002

Bryan Adams to play gorilla gala

From: Canoe News, Canada
Nov. 1, 2002

LONDON (AP) -- London's sedate Opera House will be filled with the sounds of rock 'n' roll on Nov. 10 with a concert to raise funds for Africa's endangered mountain gorillas.

Hosted by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the gala event will feature musicians Bryan Adams, Brian May and Joe Strummer.

It will also include appearances by Eileen Atkins, Alan Bates, Jeremy Irons, Michael Palin, Greta Scacchi, Terence Stamp and Sinead Cusack.

Guests will watch a film made by actor Leonardo DiCaprio during a visit to Koko, a mountain gorilla who knows sign language.

"The concert will increase awareness and raise funds for pioneering projects aimed at saving the remaining gorillas and helping the local people to make a living from the jungle," the fund said in a statement.

The fund, which is working to save the world's 650 surviving gorillas, is named for the American naturalist who dedicated her life to their survival. She was found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda in 1985.

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