NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday, May 3 Kicks Off “Toast to Freedom” Song Tribute to Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary

May 3, 2012

NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday, May 3 Kicks Off “Toast to Freedom” Song Tribute to Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary

“Art for Amnesty” Band To Perform New Global Release, Featuring Artists Kris Ktistofferson, Jonny Lang, Shawn Mullins and More

Tonight, Thursday, May 3- 11:30 PM ET-10:30PM CT

Contacts: For Amnesty International, Suzanne Trimel, 212-633-4150, [email protected]; for Big Hassle Media, Jim Walsh, 212-202-0272, [email protected]

(New York, NY) -- To kick off the worldwide release of the Amnesty International benefit song, “Toast To Freedom,” NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno will host a performance by the "Art for Amnesty Band" featuring Kris Kristofferson, Jonny Lang, Shawn Mullins, Larry Campbell and more. The show airs Thursday, May 3, at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.

On Wednesday, to mark World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International released “Toast To Freedom,” an exclusive commemorative song dedicated to human rights activism around the world and performed by nearly 50 artists, including the late Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Ewan McGregor, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Florent Pagny, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jimmy Barnes, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Mullins, the Blind Boys of Alabama, among others.

Written by veteran guitarist/producers Carl Carlton (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Keb Mo) and Larry Campbell (Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello), “Toast To Freedom” is the brainchild of Carlton, and longtime music industry executive, activist, and entrepreneur Jochen Wilms in collaboration with Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey.

“Toast To Freedom” will be available for purchase from online retailers like iTunes starting Tuesday, May 8. Net proceeds benefit Amnesty International.

To mark the occasion as the song is launched, Amnesty International is asking people to take action on behalf of Chinese journalist Shi Tao, Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, and others whose basic right to free expression is being violated. For more information and to take action, please visit:http://www.amnestyusa.org/pressfreedomday

For more information about the song please visit: www.ToastToFreedom.org.




Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.