Music Notes: Bono Protests the G-8 Protest

It's hard to match Bono when it comes to wearing your political passions on your sleeve. But if you're talking about throwing some punches, count him out.

Bono took a little time out from U2's ongoing world tour to press for some of his favorite causes at the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, with Bob Geldof, the rocker who organized Live AID.

The two voiced concerns about the AIDS epidemic and the international economy. "Our agenda is a peaceful negotiation toward a complete, 100 percent cancellation of Third World debt," said Geldof.

Bono also commented on the heated protests that resulted in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Italian protester. "Though it's OK to bang your fist on the table, it is not OK to put your fist in the face of your opponent, whether you are a protester or the police," said Bono. "Violence is never right."

The rock luminaries spent time on the cruise liner housing the delegations. According to The Associated Press, they met with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, European Union President Romano Prodi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Michael Jackson Moonwalks to the Big Screen

The self-proclaimed King of Pop plays a planet-saving hero in an upcoming cartoon.

Michael Jackson reportedly is planning to produce and star in an animated feature, about an orphan who teams up with a lonely rich girl and some endangered animals to save the earth.

The Associated Press reports pre-production on The Way of the Unicorn: The Endangered One is scheduled to begin next month with a possible spring 2003 release.

Meanwhile, there may be only a semi-reunion for the Jackson 5 this fall. All of the brothers were expected to perform at Jackson's self-tribute concert in September, but now Jermaine is backing out. That leaves Jackie, Tito and Marlon to perform with Michael.

Dennis Quaid Jams for Charity

Dennis Quaid brought his whole family along for his appearance as a guitarist over the weekend.

Ex-wife Meg Ryan was seen snapping pictures as Quaid performed with his band The Sharks. Their 9-year-old son Jack Henry sat in on the piano and sang during part of the set in Montana.

Quaid has been performing with the group for about eight months and is showing signs of improvement as a performer, according to one attendee.

"This was the first time he's rocked the building," according to the manager of Chico Hot Springs.

The event raised funds for the International Hospital for Children.

Moreover

Celine Dion is ready to head back to the studio to record her first album in two years. Variety reports she'll work with her usual producer, David Foster.

ABCNEWS Radio and ABCNEWS.com's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.

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