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 think that is enough.
Over 600,000 people made it to the Philly concert alone. Why not charge people $1 or $2 to get in the gate. Why not push for donations by phone?
In out post 9/11 and post Asain Tsunami world, we are far more prone to donate to a good cause. And the poverty in Africa is a cause worth donating to.
Sure it would be nice if the G8 conference held this year convinced our world leaders to help "make poverty history" but I just don't think its going to happen. I am not really a pesimist, but it simply has not happened yet. Our governments have not helped enough with the world hunger problem - yet.
People are not going to these concerts all over the world to get educated about the poverty problem in Africa, they are going for the free music by the worlds best recording artists.
Sure, its nice that they are putting these concerts on for free, but they could be raising a lot of money for Africa right now.
And lets face it, right now is a lot better then whatever Bush or Blair, etc, will be able to do in the coming months or years.