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Live 8: “10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers, and 1 message.”

Did it work? Did it “make poverty history“? Were the shows good, great or indifferent? Is the world a better place? Was the G8 paying any attention? Can Africa be saved? Is it ours to save?

See highlights of the concerts from AOL here and thoughts on the shows and their ramifications from our writers below:

Pseudo-messianic Live 8 celebrities
Ugh, but this Live8 nonsense turns my stomach. The cheap egotism and particularly the delusions of grandeur among the participants really make me want to give these people a good old fashioned attitude adjustment up side the head. This event…
Posted to Culture by Al Barger on July 5, 2005 03:32 AM

Live 8 Concert – who really benefits?
The Live 8 Concert came and went with the usual fanfare. Googling the news pulled up items like: “Best Concert Ever”, or “20,000 visit Moscow Red square”. That’s all very well and nice, but…
Posted to Politics by Blog Bloke on July 3, 2005 08:27 PM

Sunscreen, Reapply. Or What I Learned from Live 8.
The Kaiser Chiefs rocked, and I want to get that announcement out of the way because the portion of the crowd I was standing in seemed very confused by their short set. And I don’t watch television so I…
Posted to Music by Katharine Donelson on July 3, 2005 04:17 PM

Live at Live 8 Philly–Impressions from the Ground
The BM Rant had Live 8 covered yesterday, catching the majority of the day long concert. Here are pictures. Some thoughts on the day: 1. Despite some complaints I heard on my way back from Suburban Station about…
Posted to Music by Matthew Egan on July 3, 2005 12:49 PM

Live 8: The Day the World Spoke as One
Well we saw some amazing performances at the Live 8 concerts: the Sgt. Pepper collaboration with Paul McCartney and U2, Will Smith gettin’ jiggy with it like no one else can, the Pink Floyd reunion, Jay-Z and Linkin’ Park mashing…
Posted to Politics by JeffDavidson on July 3, 2005 11:58 AM

Is Live 8 missing the point?
In 1985 Live Aid raised money, and awareness for the poverty in Africa. Now in 2005 they are raising just awareness with Live 8 (Live on AOL Music). Thats nice and all, but I don’t…
Posted to Music by Ken Edwards on July 3, 2005 01:43 AM

Let’s talk about LIVE 8
The first LIVE AID was steeped in deep sincerity. It has been my impression that this time around, 20 years later, LIVE8 is steeped in commerciality, not a great speciality for valued immunity in any community. I didn’t even know until…
Posted to Music by Temple Stark on July 2, 2005 01:58 PM

Performers added to the Philly Live 8 show and The Daily Music and Tech News
More performers added to Philly Live 8 show Kanye West, Rita, Stephen and Ziggy Marley and DJ Green Lantern will all be making appearances. In addition to the performers celebrity presenters Rev. Al Sharpton, Naomi Watts and…
Posted to Music by Katharine Donelson on June 30, 2005 07:18 PM

Live 8: Young In, Crow Out
With only two days to go until Live 8 — “10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers, and 1 message … To get those 8 men, in that 1 room, to stop 30,000 children dying every…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on June 30, 2005 01:30 PM

Live 8 Days Away, Moscow Show Announced
Twenty years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof’s Live 8 comes this weekend, July 2, in an effort to “make poverty history.” Live 8 will feature concerts in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Cornwall, Toronto, South Africa, Tokyo and…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on June 29, 2005 07:54 PM

Concert In The Key Of Me
What is it about rock stars and charity events that brings out the cynic in me? Well lets be fair, not just rock stars but any so-called celebrity gathering to raise money for “a worthy cause” has a tendency to…
Posted to Music by gypsyman on June 29, 2005 03:59 AM

Pink Floyd Reuniting for Live 8
Four members of seminal British rock band Pink Floyd will play together for the first time in 24 years at London’s Live 8 charity concert for Africa on July 2, publicists for the event said on Sunday. Guitarist David…
Posted to Music by Craig Lyndall on June 12, 2005 04:54 PM

Critics take on Live 8 Lineup and The Daily Music and Tech News
Damon Albarn criticizes Live 8 lineup as being, “just too damn Anglo-Saxon”. Critics have commented that there is a dearth of Black and African artists on the bill. In London only Snoop Dogg and Ms. Dynamite…
Posted to Music by Katharine Donelson on June 10, 2005 01:08 PM

Geldof Announces “Live 8″ Concerts
20 years later Bob Geldof announces “Live 8,” a repeat of 1985’s Live Aid concert, with monster line-ups at five locations around the world to highlight the ongoing problem of global poverty and debt. “20 years on, it strikes me…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on May 31, 2005 01:34 PM

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  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    Thanks for the comprehensive listing, Eric. I know there is a lot of babble out there about how you can’t save the world and these rock stars are just narcisissists and all that.

    My thought being, good for them! What else were they all doing this weekend? Of course they can’t end hunger, but these rock stars are doing more than any of us. Even if they only set an afternoon aside to play some rock songs… I appreciate that as a fan.

    One last grave concern, when will Rob Thomas’ 15 minutes be up? I just don’t get it with that guy, and I am a very tolerant rock fan.

  • Eric Olsen

    I’m with you on both Rob and on the “hey, it can’t hurt and good shows are always good” frame of mind – thanks Lono

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    i’m amazed at the amount of cynicism out there.

    …maybe i shouldn’t be.

  • Eric Olsen

    they aren’t the world, they aren’t the children – or they’re jealous

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    Also, I have often opined that this step by Floyd is part of a plan to fully re-uinite and do a world tour. I just learned that sales of their box set (according to mega retailer HMV) Echoes: The Best Of was sent soaring by 1343% today.

    Talk about a mandate from the people!

  • Eric Olsen

    just added a Floyd pic – check out those grizzled mofo’s

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    Yeah, as I was panning down I went right past the new pic because I assumed it was the Who… seriously.

  • http://www.sphinxmontreal.com SphinxMontreal

    Where were David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen to name a few? Did they not want to be part of this historic occasion and be remembered for their greatness in ending poverty?

    Most of these artists, who appeared in Live Aid, are very classy and do not shove issues down your throat like some of the snobby riff raff that performed on Saturday.

    You can judge Live 8 more accurately by those who did not appear than those who did.

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    also, where were my gen x heroes… Pearl Jam? Red Hot Chili Peppers? How about Metallica… or even Beatallica?

  • http://sliver.objective2k.com theSliver

    It’s clear that there was a very different perception of Live8 in the US than say in the UK. In the US the broadcast was controlled by MTV, in the UK it was by the BBC, so no commercials over here. The BBC also tried (somewhat vainly), not to appear to be supporting the event as that would tip it over the edge of its Charter, supporting charity is one thing, supporting a political movement unsupportable.

    There was a lot of concern here at the lack of African performers and even though there was WOMAD down in Devon at the Eden project I agree with Peter Gabriel (who partly organises and largely funds WOMAD), that it would have enhanced the London gig to have more African artists and wouldn’t have turned off the audience as Geldof maintained.

    As it was I think I’d rather have been at the Eden project with a few thousand people watching Angelina Jolie wander around than amongst 250,000 in Hyde Park.

    It wasn’t that African artists were confined to the South West for any reason, WOMAD takes place every year and its permanent venue is now the Eden project.

    There did seem to be a deal of confusion elsewhere as to the aims of the events, not being bombarded with demands for money every five minutes was a relief for me but for some it seems to have been disorienting.

    It was no bad thing that it happened and it did no harm, if it did good and emphasised to those 8 men that there are larger considerations at times than just national interest then even better. There’s at least one of them though that seems impervious to arguments such as that.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Sliver, very good information