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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 Moscow (just added today) to raise awareness about poverty in Africa and encourage the leaders of the G8 nations to eliminate third world debt, increase aid to Africa and adopt fair trade practices.

“20 years on, it strikes me as morally repulsive that people die of want in a world of surplus,” Geldof said.

The timing of the events is just days before G8 leaders meet July 6-8 at Gleneagles in Scotland. Geldof said the G8 meeting provided a “unique opportunity for Britain to do something unparalleled in the world. There is more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars finally get to tilt the world on its axis in favor of the poor.”

You can sign the Live 8 petition here.

Here is the most recent, highly impressive, announced lineup of artists participating around the world:

Philadelphia – Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Destiny’s Child, Jars of Clay, Jay-Z, Kaiser Chiefs, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith, Will Smith

London – Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Dido, Elton John, Joss Stone, Keane, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ms. Dynamite, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Razorlight, REM, Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Sting, Travis, U2, UB40, Velvet Revolver, The Who, Youssou N’Dour

Paris – Andrea Bocelli, Axelle Red, Calogero, Cerrone, Craig David, The Cure, Diam’s Dido, Disiz Lapeste, Faudel, Florent Pagny, James Brown, Jamiroquai, Johnny Hallyday, Kool Shen, Kyo, Louise Bertignac, Manu Chao, Muse, Nile Rodgers, Pascal Obispo, Placebo, Raphael, Renaud, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah, Shakira, Sheryl Crowe, Tina Arena, Zucchero

Berlin – A-ha, Audioslave, Bap, Brian Wilson, Chris De Burgh, Die Toten, Hosen, Green Day, Herbert Gronemeyer, Joana Zimmer, Juan Diego Florez, Juli, Katherine Jenkins, Renee Olstead, Sasha, Silbermond, Sohne Mannheims, Wir Sind Helden, Reamonn, Roxy Music

Rome – Claudio Baglioni, Faith Hill, Irene Grandi, Jovanotti, Laura Pausini, Nek, Tim McGraw, Articolo 31, Gemelli Diversi, Le Vibrazioni, Max Pezzali, Negramaro, Tiromancino, Negrita, Libague

Tokyo – Bjork, Def Tech, Dreams Come True, McFly, Good Charlotte, Rize

Cornwall/England – Ayub Ogada (Kenya), Shikisha (South Africa), Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Tinariwen (Mali), Daara J (Senegal), Modou Diouf & O Fogum (Senegal), Marian Mursal (Somalia), Akim El Sikameya (Algeria), Chartwell Dutiro (Zimbabwe), Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda), Siyaya (Zimbabwe), Coco Mbassi (Cameroon)

Toronto – African Guitar Summit, Barenaked Ladies, blue Rodeo, bruce Cockburn, Bryan Adams, The Bachman Cummings Band, Celine Dion, Deep Purple, Doba Caracol Featuring Kna’an, Gordon Lightfoot, Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, Jet, Les Trois Accords, Motley Crue, Our Lady Peace, Sam Roberts, Simple Plan, Tom Cochrane, The Tragically Hip;

Johannesburg – 4Peace Ensemble, Jabu Khanyile and Bayete, Lindiwe, Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Malaika, Orchestre Baobab, Oumou Sangare and Zola.

Moscow – Pet Shop Boys, Bravo, B-2, Spleen

Which show would you choose? I’d have to go with London between the Pink Floyd reunion and all that star power — that Roxy Music reunion in Berlin looks pretty sweet as well — but I wouldn’t turn down any of them and fortunately I don’t really have to with America Online broadcasting six of the Live 8 concerts live from start to finish. AOL will also make the performances available on demand for six weeks following the event. AOL will provide on-site reports from bloggers at the concert cities and links to news and information about Africa, as well as to relief organizations and charities.

“This unprecedented line-up of star performers testifies to the importance of this international emergency. Live 8 is sure to be one of the greatest musical events in history and we are thrilled to make it available to people around the world online,” said Jim Bankoff, AOL executive vice president.

It will be quite a day.

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  • It’s London or Paris for me

  • Tokyo and Moscow seem to have been short-changed – and let’s not even talk about having Bryan Adams, Celine Dion together

  • JR

    Shakira, if she does some belly-dancing; otherwise Pink Floyd.

  • Eric Olsen

    and Paris, still interesting, took a step down with Sheryl Crow pulling out. Toronto looks better with Neil Young closing (same link)

  • The Philadelphia show is overrun with the top 40 playlist crowd. Kaiser Chiefs is the only band I’d like to see at that show. They totally rock!

  • Tristan

    I’m very perplexed where Johhny Klegg is in all of this~~~
    Since this is all about his own Homeland of Africa~~
    and Klegg is supposed to be such a supporter and proponent of African Unity, etc ., …… ???

    Where IS he ans why is he not being involved in what is looking like one of the biggest Pro-African Events EVER ..???

    Doesn’t make any sense to me ….

  • Clegg doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.

  • Tristan

    it’s nothing at all about “proving anything” to anyone~~

    doesn’t he support the very principles and causes he espouses ..??

    or is it just whwn it’s convenient and popular for him to do so~~

    or perhaps there is some major Jealousy between him and Geldof and Bono ……

  • Clegg risked his own life for the causes he believes in, in ways much more direct than Bono or Geldof ever have.

    If Johnny Clegg chose to stay away from this event, that gives me more cause to doubt the legitimacy of this event than to doubt Clegg’s commitment to Africa’s future.

    Besides, that’s a very big “if”. How do you know his absence is by choice? Could be the organizers never invited him and didn’t want him.

    Bottom line, you have do not have enough information to talk about his absence from this as if it proves anything at all negative about him. The fact that you have already done so says more negative about you than it does about him.

  • Tristan

    Well look who’s “doubting the legitimacy” of Live 8 –??

    the same pompous ass who accuses others of jumping to conclusions..??

    I guess it’s ok for him to jump to conclusions~~
    but nobody else is allowed to question, I see…..

    (and I never made a single “conclusion” –I simply askes a QUESTION~~~

    maybe Mr. Pompous Ass has some hidden Agenda he needs to defend and promote by assuming others are making conclusions when they are not–simply asking questions…!!! Hmmmmmm..could be an ISSUE, eh Mr. Pompous ass ..???

  • Ah, now the ad hominem comes out. I questioned your logic, and now you question my character.

    All you prove is the weakness of your arguments. And thereby, the weakness of your mind.

    Try again if you think of any facts to back up your baseless accusations.

  • Tristan

    sounds like some very serious defensiveness to me there Mr Pompous Ass..

  • I’ve nothing to be defensive about. I haven’t resorted to calling you the same childish name three times in the space of two posts. I haven’t followed you to several other topics you’ve posted on recently, in a transparently insecure effort to insult you there, too.

    You are the one on the defensive, Tristan.

    Apparently even you recognize the weakness of your own position here.

  • Just to be crystal clear here, I would not have responded at all if the original questions about Johnny Clegg had been asked in a neutral tone. If it had been merely a curious request for information about Mr. Clegg’s current activities, I would have kept silent, because I don’t know what he is doing right at this moment.

    Sadly, there was nothing neutral about them. There was a clear implication behind the questions. Supposedly, if Mr. Clegg doesn’t support this great big highly publicized event, he must not sincerely care about Africa’s future.

    That is a totally unjust and unsupported accusation. Johnny Clegg risked death at the hands of his own government under the apartheid regime, working toward a better future for all Africans of every color. He continued working to bridge the gaps between different cultures after the fall of apartheid.

    Tristan was wrong to make this accusation without bringing forward any facts to back it up, and will continue to be in the wrong until either backing it up with verifiable facts, or retracting it completely.

  • Tristan

    so says the Great Pompous Ass ~~~

    and since he has the sole Authority to decide who means WHAT ~~
    far be it from me to burst his little ego bubble of insecurity and need for CONTROL…….

    since he seems to NEED it sooooo MUCH..!

  • I love how they could manage to get any more popular native acts in the Rome, Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo shows.

    You’ve easily got Mylene Farmer for Paris — a huge superstar in France and you’ve got Ayumi Hamasaki and Utada Hikaru or any number of other pop stars in Japan…

    This has just a nasty funk of musical imperialism in it — get the biggest acts from the US and UK to headline most of the cities’ shows?

    Kind of sad, too, ’cause I was almost beginning to believe it.

  • Tristan, if you meant to say something else, other than what your words clearly implied and then openly stated in comments 6 and then 8 above, you might want to learn how to write more clearly so your words will say what you really mean in the future.

    Meanwhile, you still haven’t bothered to back up your accusations with any facts.

    However, I’ll make no effort to contest your first place showing in the childish name-calling arena.

  • ok folks, here it is. I found a tentative schedule for tomorrow. Since we don’t all have 10 hours to sit in front of the TV, here is a rough blue print of what Clear Channel is broadcasting tomorrow. All times are Eastern:

    12:00-6:00pm ET – Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Philadelphia Broadcast Rundown

    12:04 – Paul McCartney & U2 Live from London

    12:14 – Black Eyed Peas

    12:33 – Bon Jovi

    12:54 – Madonna Live from London

    1:00 – Destiny’s Child

    1:16 – Kanye West

    1:30 -Will Smith

    1:50 – Coldplay Live from London

    1:56 – Toby Keith

    2:13 – Dave Matthews Band (right)

    2:40 – Alicia Keys

    2:52 – Def Leppard

    3:10 – Linkin Park and Jay-Z

    3:50 – Tim McGraw Live from Rome

    3:56 – Sarah McLachlan

    4:11 – Maroon 5

    4:28 – Green Day Live from Berlin

    4:34 – Keith Urban

    4:48 – Jars of Clay

    4:56 – Pink Floyd Live from London

    5:00 – Rob Thomas

    5:21 – Stevie Wonder

  • Nice.

  • Tristan

    Mr. Pompous ass ~~~

    poor baby~~just can’t seem to get over himself, can he ….


    such a sad case of over-inflation of ego….

  • There must be a mistake. Pink Floyd gets only 4 minutes, followed by Rob Thomas for 21 minutes?

    Destiny’s Child will have 16 minutes. Toby Keith gets 17, and so does Maroon 5. Will Smith is on for 20. Bon Jovi gets 21. But Pink Floyd only gets 4 minutes?

    That just can’t be right. There must be some misunderstanding. There must be some kind of mistake.

  • Maybe Clegg is busy ramping up for his Aspen Labor Day gig opening up for Loggins & Messina.

    And as for the concerts, these shows don’t really have the length one expects in a “festival”-style show. I guess they did that with TV broadcasting in mind (because of time differences in each locale). They want to show as much of the event as they can “live.”

  • The MTV/VH1 broadcast is horrible. They cut from The Black Eyed Peas and The Marleys singing “Get Up, Stand Up” to show commercials. What a waste.

  • Seriously. VH1 sucks.

  • They aren’t running anything live, that was clear after Green Day dropped about 10 f bombs on their amazing performance from Germany. I can’t stand these VJs, in their effort to sound ‘street’ they dumb down the language and sound like uneducated retards.

    Audioslave was cool too. The Bon Jovi performance sounded a bit ‘phoned in’… but how many times can you play the same song without just killing yourself?

  • Who cares about live? I would like a whole song.

    For actual coverage go here

    and you can pick the feed you want

  • Those VJs don’t even sound like they’re listening to the performances. It’s just one scripted sentence repeated over and over. GRRRR.

  • HW Saxton

    The VH1 broadcast/simulcast/whatevercast
    does suck.I tried watching for about 15
    minutes but it was mostly VJ’s trying &
    struggling to keep up with teleprompters
    and sound witty and unscripted at the
    same time.It’s not working.

    While I was watching this,they kept on
    talking about what a great performance
    Joss Stone was putting on and then they
    would show her for about 15 seconds w/o
    sound and go back to babbling about god
    only knows what. LAME. Very, Very Lame.

  • Bennett

    HW, wow that long “slash combined” phrase messes up the columns!

  • HW Saxton

    Sorry ’bout that.

  • Bennett

    HW, No problem man. That’s the worst part about the spammerbastards, how their crap screws up the page.

    If it didn’t, I wouldn’t take the time to bury their posts.

  • Tristan

    the mistake is that Victor thinks that he knows all and is the ultimate arbiter of who should and shouldn’t be allowed time on the stage~~
    what a pompous ASS —who died and made him the Emperor of “Taste” …?

    But far be it from the people who actually DID put together the Concert and spend time and effort making it hapopen and getting all the Talent together and setting up the Schedule to know who SHOULD have had the most stage time~~~ how DARE they not pre-arrange the stage schedule with Mr. Pompous ASS beforehand~~!!!!!

    (Next major World Concert I’m quite sure all the Promoters and Talent will check with Mr Victor “What I say Goes” Plenty b-4 they publish the schedule, eh…!!!! )

  • Pink floyd rocks