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:: Spotlight :: LIVE 8 concerts 2005

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

We have witnessed the enormous LIVE8 series of concerts held within G8 cities on July 2 to place a strong emphasis of awareness to G8 leaders for their ensuing meetings on July 6. With the great Sir Bob Geldof and his mates Midge Ure, Bono, and Harvey Goldsmith at the helm, a tremendous effort by all the participants - musicans, crew and city leaders - gave music lovers a rare treat.

In Australia, those fortunate to have FOXTEL (channel FOX 8), it was an unforgettable experience, to move from city to city around the world seeing some of the world's greatest music stars giving their all for people to simply live without the ravages of poverty. FOX 8 viewers were able to see 11 hours of live coverage and we had Australia's great man of music, Ian “Molly” Meldrum host the event, interviewing some of the stars (pre-recorded) in an introductory 90-minute segment. Well done to Molly who, 20 years earlier, compered ABC TV's coverage of Live Aid.

The G8 leaders did take some note and duly assigned tens of millions of dollars to Africa and there will be pressure for effective administering of resources and regular funding.

As for the musical highlights, where does one begin?

The atmosphere at certain times was electric. The crowd burst into loud cheers for several big moments.
Some of my highlights were:

MUSE in Paris (“Time is Running Out” particularly electrifying)
TRAVIS in London
GREEN DAY in Berlin (inspirational)
DIDO in London and Cornwall (brought out her glorious personality and won the crowds over - duets with Youssou N'Dour were beautiful)
McFLY in Tokyo
PINK FLOYD in London (terrific to see Roger Waters back in the line-up - lot of interest from worldwide fans who wrote to us about them)
PAUL McCARTNEY in London (Helter Skelter and the rarely performed Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band were special highlights)
THE WHO in London
MADONNA in London (she came on stage clad entirely in white, and hugged Birhan Woldu, survivor of the Ethiopian famine, in a poignant reminder of Live Aid 1985 - a huge moment)
STEVIE WONDER in Philadelphia (he is the master blaster and brought the best out of guest vocalists Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) on “Higher Ground” and ADAM LEVINE (Maroon 5) on “Signed Sealed Delivered” - brilliant!
DURAN DURAN in Rome (played “Save A Prayer” 20 years ago at Live Aid and Simon Le Bon said that they were determined to sing it again in a measure of persistance for the African cause)
K'NAAN in Toronto (He is a Somalian-born Canadian who survived a Somalian grenade when 10 years old - grateful to express his feelings at this event)
“HEY JUDE” finale - Paul McCartney and all the other musicians gathered on stage to signal the end to a magnificent event in London

America Online still has video footage of most of the action. It's worthwhile checking out many great highlights from London, Philadelphia, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, and Toronto.

Here are some great images from the concerts. Pics courtesy of AOL.

the great man Sir Bob Geldof Sir Bob, Sir Paul and Mariah Carey
Sir Paul McCartney and Bono (U2) Bono
Alicia Keys Coldplay
Beyonce Bon Jovi
Youssou N'Dour and Dido Dido
Youssou N'Dour and Dido Bryan Ferry
Duran Duran Sir Elton John
Mariah Carey Muse
Jovanotti Laura Pausini
Motley Crue Jay-Z
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Robbie Williams Shakira
The Killers The Who
Stereophonics Snoop Dogg
Sting Green Day
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