Dear Members of the Military Community & Media:
OPERATION MYSPACE: AN EXCLUSIVE CONCERT LIVE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST FOR AMERICAN TROOPS
Leading Social Network Presents Concert in
Landmark Concert To Be Web Cast Live for the MySpace Community Enabling Users to Post Videos and Messages of Support for Troops Overseas
LOS ANGELES—February 28, 2008—MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, in cooperation with the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Entertainment and America Supports You program, today announced the launch of Operation MySpace, a landmark concert event designed to bring troops serving in Kuwait a taste of home and enable the MySpace community to show their support for troops serving overseas.
On March 10, MySpace Co-Founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, along with some of today’s most popular musical acts, will participate in a 3-hour plus MySpaceLive! concert in
“For years troops stationed all over the world have utilized MySpace as a lifeline to communicate with their loved ones back home. Many of them have been generous enough to share their unique experiences with me through messages on MySpace,”
Operation MySpace will be the largest MySpaceLive! concert to date with performances by the Pussycat Dolls (http://www.myspace.com/pussycatdolls), Jessica Simpson (http://myspace.com/jessicasimpson), Disturbed (http://myspace.com/disturbed), Filter (http://myspace.com/filter1), DJ Z-Trip (http://myspace.com/djztrip) and the comedic genius of Carlos Mencia (http://myspace.com/carlosmencia).
“We’re incredibly proud to host this one of a kind concert,” added DeWolfe. “Unlike past variety shows or concerts of this nature, Operation MySpace will connect people, content, and culture a world apart through the live webcast of the show and interaction on the Operation MySpace profile.”
Starting today, the Operation MySpace profile (http://myspace.com/operationmyspace) will serve as a communication hub where troops’ families and friends, along with the entire MySpace community, can post videos and messages of support via a video blog section. The profile will also feature a scrolling ticker of goodwill messages uploaded to the community during the live stream. A condensed 1-hour version of the show, featuring the best and most stirring moments, will be nationally broadcast on FX on April 12.
The Pussycat Dolls commented, "We're so excited to be performing for the troops and supporting our Armed Forces overseas. They'd better get ready...the desert's about to get a lot hotter!"
“It’s truly an honor to perform for the troops," said Jessica Simpson. “Through Operation MySpace, I get to serve my country by doing what I love to do in front of thousands of brave men in uniform. It’s every girl’s dream!”
In addition to hosting this one-time event, MySpace announced its support of the America Supports You program as part of its ongoing commitment to recognize the dedication of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. MySpace joins businesses, hundreds of homefront groups and thousands of citizens across
“This MySpaceLive! concert is an exciting event because it communicates to our troops that people from all walks of life and from all types of companies support their service to our country,” said Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. “MySpace is a great medium to connect our military members and their families, who serve in 177 countries, to the folks back home. We are so glad to have MySpace as part of the team working with both America Supports You and Armed Forces Entertainment.”
As one of the most popular and most trafficked music platforms in the world, MySpace Music has evolved into an offline experience by connecting bands and fans around the world through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE, and The List. MySpaceLive! brings live concerts to the MySpace community via streaming online video and gives MySpace users watching at home the opportunity to submit real-time messages through an on-site message ticker. Past MySpaceLive! concerts have featured the Projekt Revolution Tour with
B-roll and photos from Operation MySpace will be available upon request.
America Supports You is an ongoing, nationwide program organized by the Department of Defense to showcase Americans’ support for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its launch in November of 2004, America Supports You has welcomed more than 350 homefront organizations and more than 35 corporations to the program. Many America Supports You homefront groups demonstrate their support for the troops through letter writing, care packages, helping the wounded when they return home, assisting military families, sending an email or kind gesture. Learn more about supporting military personnel at www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.
About Armed Forces Entertainment
Armed Forces Entertainment, founded in 1951, is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to