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**FILE** REM lead singer Michael Stipe appears at a party during Fashion Week Feb. 5, 2006, in New York. A stellar line-up including Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, and Bright Eyes will join leading peace activist Cindy Sheehan for a New York City concert marking the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on March 20, concert organizers announced Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. They'll headline the "Bring 'Em Home Now!" concert. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
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NEW YORK – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and REM frontman Michael Stipe will headline a New York concert to urge the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.The concert, dubbed “Bring ‘Em Home Now!” will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 20, the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Rufus Wainwright and Bright Eyes will also perform, it was announced Wednesday.

Sheehan, who camped outside President Bush’s ranch in Texas last year to protest the Iraq war, will speak during the concert. Her 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004.Chuck D, Fischerspooner, Peaches, Steve Earle and Devendra Banhart are also scheduled to perform.

“It is impossible to not react to the current state of affairs through personal action and artistic production,” said Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner in a statement.Organizers said the concert will be followed by a national “Bring ‘Em Home Now!” speaking tour that will feature Sheehan and various authors traveling to 15 U.S. cities in April.

More concert performers were expected to be added later.


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