A brazilian judge decided yesterday that South America’s Live Earth concert could go ahead as planned, after organizers convinced her there would be adequate security at the Copacabana Beach event.

The office of the prosecutor who had sought to cancel the concert confirmed that Judge Maria Galhardo reversed her earlier decision to nix the show, ensuring the worldwide music fest against global warming will happen on all seven continents.

“We still don’t know if she will appeal the judge’s latest decision,” said Daniel Brunet, a spokesman for prosecutor Denise Tarin. Under Brazil’s multi-layered court system, judges’ decisions can be repeatedly reversed, often within hours.


Chances for the gig featuring Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray and Pharrell Williams got a boost from police who said they could guarantee security for the show expected to draw 700,000 people.

Promoted by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, Live Earth concerts also are scheduled for London, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Sydney, Australia; Hamburg and East Rutherford, N.J. A band of scientists also will perform in Antarctica.

Rio’s free Saturday show had been scratched earlier this week.