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The band debuts in New York with great critical acclaim. They are a hit at the first concert, and they continue on with the troupe of mostly celebrity music stars, as they tour the cities of the world, singing out, and speaking out in the press. They are joined by more stars, and even by some political and religious leaders, along the way. The message is always the same: a simple plea for brotherhood and love, education and inspiration, without taking sides, or selling ideology.
They speak out against the madness of a world spiraling out of control.
Rio is a wonderful celebration of life, but in Paris, the concert goes on amidst a torrent of local unrest. There had even been some riots with firebombs in several cities in the south recently. And then the unthinkable happens. Just as the concert crowd is dispersing back into the city from the nearby stadium, a small nuclear device (dirty bomb) is detonated at the Champs-Élysées, and a panic ensues throughout the city. The concert security personnel are alerted prior to the performers leaving the stadium, and they are able to escort the entire troupe to the airport
unharmed. Although the bomb was crudely made, and quite small, the range of the bomb was enough to affect almost 10 city blocks, causing many deaths and casualties.
The concert promoter (Stephen Solomon), a wily veteran of the music scene, and a passionate peace activist with a heart of gold, is a dynamic blur of motion as he races against time to help maneuver his people into the safety of the air, as quickly as humanly possible. There is a wonderful bonding experience on the plane between Solomon and some of the performers, including of course, The Visionaries. There is an emotional moment when Solomon addresses them all through the onboard audio system and, with great sincerity and understanding, gives them all an opportunity to forego the remainder of the tour.
They go on. The tour gathers more momentum with every stop, as well as more critics, both foreign and domestic. Some critics accuse the show’s promoters of inciting the general public, of enflaming popular sentiment against various governments and institutions, even though the message emanating from the concerts is strictly non-political and non-religious. It is only spiritual. It is only a plea for sanity, humanitarianism, and a higher level of consciousness.
And it begins to resonate deeply with ordinary people all over the world.
Jim Ryley has been communicating with his brother, trying to influence him to use his powerful Senate Committee position to promote certain actions to defuse the world situation. Frederick slowly comes around, even promoting Jim’s private writings to the President himself. Jim becomes an unofficial confidante, and he and the Senator gradually regain the love and camaraderie that they had enjoyed as youths, roaming the Illinois countryside.