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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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Really, XM radio had the best coverage.  They had 6 stations (I think, maybe more) devoted to Live 8.  One for Philly, England, Cananda, and several other countries.  They broadcast each concert that they covered live, and pretty much without interrpution, except for set changes.  One down side was that unless you ran VH1 muted (when it was on the concert you wanted to watch) or the AOL stream, like I did, you couldn’t see what was happening on stage.  The only other downside was that the set changes were long, and the people running the show over at XM didn’t really seem to know what was going on, although that may have been more Live 8’s fault than XM’s.

Posted by Sorcery5 on July 5, 2005 at 10:27 AM (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.

incredibly wrong. Multiple packages in the US all day long with MTV coverage from the crack of dawn onwards and one of the broadcast networks doing the finales all commercial free with high production values (with synched FM brodcasts). The Live8 broadcasts pale. BBC might have done both shows seperately on two different channels.

Posted by Clay on July 6, 2005 at 1:16 PM (CDT)

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