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Live 8 charitable music events now underway across world

Every three seconds, a child dies in Africa from starvation or disease: 30,000 die every day. The continued presence of AIDS and armed conflicts, combined with a tremendous debt burden and widespread illiteracy, have kept the people of the African continent from achieving their deserved equality on the world stage.

Twenty years have passed since the worldwide charitable music event known as Live Aid took place. Today, the world’s wealth is more concentrated than ever before, and those without resources still need help - this time, your signature, not your money.

This weekend, millions of people have gathered at music events around the world to convince world G8 leaders that the era of misery in Africa should end. Cancelling the debts of impoverished African nations - wiping the slate clean - will enable these countries to use their money to help their own people, rather than paying interest on debts they will never clear. Your signature on the petition below could help convince the G8 to erase African debts, and aid these countries on the road to self-dependence.

Philadelphia, Paris, Johannesburg, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, London, Cornwall, and Barrie, Canada are all taking part in today’s events. Top artists including Coldplay, Razorlight, The Killers, The Dave Matthews Band and iconmany, many more are participating to raise awareness for this effort.

Update: The song, icon“Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which opened the Live 8 event in London performed by Sir Paul McCartney and accompanied by U2 is now available to download from the iTunes Music Store. Also available is the live rendition of the Beatles track icon“The Long and Winding Road” also performed by McCartney. Both tracks cost $.99 and all proceeds go to Live 8.

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Macca and U2 were fugging awesome opening the London event!

Posted by PassiveSmoking in UK on July 2, 2005 at 4:57 PM (CDT)


How much of this will be available for download later, i wonder.

Posted by jonyem in UK on July 2, 2005 at 5:21 PM (CDT)


The McCartney/U2 opener is already for sale in the iTMS. I hope the Floyd set is, too, since MTV cut off their set mid-guitar solo (!).

Posted by Likelife in UK on July 2, 2005 at 7:33 PM (CDT)


I have to say, the cut during the Comfortably Numb solo hurt so bad i wanted to put my foot through the TV!
I hope MTV is inundated with negative mail about how shoddy their coverage was. If they were worried about quesionable content then they should have just taped it and cut it they way they wanted and broadcast it later.
I blame Janet Jackson!

Posted by jonyem in UK on July 2, 2005 at 9:22 PM (CDT)


MTV’s coverage is especially humiliating when one learns that BBC showed the entire concert, live, without commercials.

Posted by Cameron Talley in UK on July 2, 2005 at 10:35 PM (CDT)


whaaaaaaat they did??? ohmygosh… i hope madonna gets off her anti itunes thing and lets itms release her set

Posted by iamaclogger in UK on July 2, 2005 at 10:46 PM (CDT)


It was a great concert with a tremendous cause.  Shame it didn’t have the greatest coverage in the US.

Posted by Snoopy in UK on July 2, 2005 at 11:43 PM (CDT)


I’m not at all surprised there was better coverage outside of the US, if memory serves, the original Live Aid didn’t air at all in the US.

Posted by jonyem in UK on July 3, 2005 at 12:19 AM (CDT)


I’m surprised that no one has mentioned that AOL’s stream of Live 8 deliberately locked out Mac users.


Posted by Ian M in UK on July 3, 2005 at 1:05 AM (CDT)


It locked out Mac users? Hmm. I couldn’t get in anyway (with my PC). The servers were loaded all throughout the show. I settled with the VH1/MTV coverage. However, if you go to the site now, there’s rebroadcasts, and they’ve got a significantly smaller number of people watching now.

Posted by XorpheusX in UK on July 3, 2005 at 3:40 AM (CDT)


Actually I take back the comment about Macca and U2.  They were pretty damn awesome, but PINK FLOYD were fugging AWESOME!

Posted by PassiveSmoking in UK on July 3, 2005 at 6:05 AM (CDT)


I am not a big AOL fan, but they had the entire concert and offered every feed from every country that was holding the concert for free. When is the world going to come up with the thought that MTV is not the same MTV 20yrs ago! They are more interested in piling a lot of trash on the screen as much as possible without regards to content. They are the ultimate quantity is better then quality base

Posted by NJ Guy in UK on July 3, 2005 at 8:12 AM (CDT)


FYI the Macca & U2’s opening track is available on iTunes

it’s currently sitting number 1 on the UK store

more info -

Posted by struddie in UK on July 3, 2005 at 12:16 PM (CDT)


I saw the aol stream on my brother’s pc, and then i later tried the rebroadcast on my mac, and it seemed to work fine. Couldn’t be played in Safari. Did notice that the radio stream wouldn’t work on a mac, period. That seemed a little rotten. I’m sure that Apple wanted to be a part of it, but aol probably was willing to throw more money at it. And since aol hasn’t been looking good lately, they probably gladely overpaid. Have to imagine how good this would have looked and sounded in the new QuickTime codec.

Posted by jonyem in UK on July 3, 2005 at 1:09 PM (CDT)


those iTMS tracks aren’t available in the US yet

Posted by seajay1221 in UK on July 3, 2005 at 2:36 PM (CDT)


I think it’s funny that this whole gig only raises “awareness,” not money.

Posted by LittleFish in UK on July 3, 2005 at 2:40 PM (CDT)


“I think it’s funny that this whole gig only raises “awareness,

Posted by struddie in UK on July 3, 2005 at 4:42 PM (CDT)


The reason it’s only raising awareness is because last live8 some African politicians and citizens and I think some American citizens felt that it was only throwing money at the problem and what was really needed was manpower and physical help to rebuild the country.  This live8 is supposed to help Africa with manpower rather than just money.  I also think there are lots of donation booths and whatnot at the concerts themselves but that’s just what I’ve heard.

Posted by Snoopy in UK on July 3, 2005 at 10:45 PM (CDT)


The only “manpower” needed is that of 8 men sat around a table in a posh hotel in Scotland. The leaders of the G8.

The whole Live 8 event is a way to get the message across to these world leaders that the problems in Africa can be relieved by cancelling the debt that African countries owe to the affluent ones, increasing governmental aid limits and dropping trade restrictions so that African countries which have the ability to help themselves can do so.

The message to the Live 8 ‘supporters’ was “We don’t want your money - we want you” and that refers to your signing the petition to present to the G8.

Trade Justice
Drop The Debt
More and Better Aid

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on July 4, 2005 at 5:13 AM (CDT)


Jonyem, the Live Aid concert was aired here in the US on MTV and ABC, back when MTV was more serious about music and presenting a good product. I didnt see the Live 8 concert at all because   I dont have cable and no commercial station showed it, which I think was a rediculous decision. I think releaving some debt is good, but Africa has such corrupt leadership, ie:Mugabe, Obasanjo, Taylor, etc. Helping African countries end corruption, as well as investment will help ease problems in Africa, not just canceling debt.

Posted by Josie in UK on July 4, 2005 at 2:02 PM (CDT)

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