- Live 8 concert, London
Live 8concert was held at Hyde Park, London, Englandon 2 July 2005, in front of over 200,000 people. The show's logistics were managed by famed promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
The event is also referred to as "Live 8 London" or "Live 8 UK".
Lineup and songs
In order of appearance:
Bob Geldof(Host) (HP 14:00)
Paul McCartneywith U2- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
* U2- "
Beautiful Day"/"Blackbird", "Vertigo", "One"/" Unchained Melody" (HP 14:06)
Coldplay- " In My Place/"Rockin' All Over The World(chorus)", " Bitter Sweet Symphony" (with Richard Ashcroft), " Fix You" (HP 14:41)
David Walliamsand Matt Lucas(presenters) as their Little Britaincharacters Lou and Andy.
Elton John- " The Bitch Is Back", " Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Children Of The Revolution" (with Pete Doherty) (HP 15:01)
Bob Geldof(Host) (HP 15:21)
Bill Gates(presenter) (HP 15:25)
* Dido¹ - "White Flag" (Solo), "Thank You" and "
Seven Seconds" (both with Youssou N'Dour¹ ²) (HP 15:30)
Stereophonics- " The Bartender and the Thief/Ace Of Spades(chorus)", "Dakota", "Maybe Tomorrow", " Local Boy in the Photograph" (HP 15:50)
Ricky Gervais(presenter) (HP 16:11)
* R.E.M. - "Imitation of Life", "
Everybody Hurts", "Man on the Moon" (HP 16:15)
Kofi Annan(presenter) (HP 16:35)
Ms. Dynamite- " Dy-na-mi-tee", " Redemption Song" (HP 16:39)
* Keane - "
Somewhere Only We Know", " Bedshaped" (HP 17:09)
Will Smith(presenter) in Philadelphia, USA (HP 17:29)
* Travis ² - "Sing", "Side"/"
Stayin' Alive", " Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" (HP 17:49)
* Bob Geldof ² - "I Don't Like Mondays" (HP 18:09)
Brad Pitt(presenter)(HP 18:19)
Annie Lennox² - "Why", "Little Bird", "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (HP 18:23)
UB40- "Food For Thought", "Who You Fighting For?", "Reasons" (with Hunterz& The Dhol Blasters), " Red Red Wine", " Can't Help Falling in Love" (HP 18:43)
Snoop Dogg- " Ups & Downs", " Drop It Like It's Hot", "Signs", " The Next Episode", "Who Am I (What's My Name?)" (HP 19:03)
Razorlight- "Somewhere Else", " Golden Touch", "In The City" (HP 19:23)
Bob Geldofintroduced 24-year-old Birhan Woldu, an Ethiopian student who was shown as a starving child in a video at Live Aid. (HP 19:43)
* Madonna - "Like a Prayer", "Ray of Light", "Music" (HP 19:49)
Snow Patrol² - "Chocolate", "Run" (HP 20:19)
* The Killers - "
All These Things That I've Done" (HP 20:39)
Joss Stone- "Super Duper Love", "I Had a Dream", "Some Kind of Wonderful" (HP 20:49)
Scissor Sisters- "Laura", " Take Your Mama", " Everybody Wants the Same Thing" (HP 21:09)
Velvet Revolver- "Do It For The Kids", "Fall To Pieces", "Slither" (HP 21:29)
Lenny Henry(presenter) (HP 21:49)
* Sting - "Message In A Bottle", "Driven To Tears", "
Every Breath You Take" (with alternate lyrics) (HP 21:45)
Dawn French(presenter) (HP 22:05)
Mariah Carey- "Make It Happen", "Hero", " We Belong Together" (HP 22:09)
David Beckham(presenter) (HP 22:29)
Robbie Williams- " We Will Rock You", "Let Me Entertain You/All These Things That I've Done (bridge)", "Feel", "Angels" (HP 22:33)
Peter Kay- presenter, comedy, and a cappellaexcerpt of " Is This the Way to Amarillo" (HP 22:53)
The Who- "Who Are You", " Won't Get Fooled Again" HP (23:03)
Pink Floyd³ - " Speak to Me"/"Breathe" segued with " Breathe (reprise)", "Money", "Wish You Were Here", " Comfortably Numb" (HP 23:23)
Paul McCartney- " Get Back", " Drive My Car" (with George Michael), "Helter Skelter", " The Long and Winding Road"/" Hey Jude[refrain] " (joined by many of the above for "Hey Jude") (HP 23:43)
¹ Also performing at the Paris show on
2 July 2005
² Also performing at the Edinburgh show on
6 July 2005
David Gilmourwas in Bryan Ferry's band at Live Aid. Prior to this event, Pink Floyd had not performed together with former band member Roger Waterssince 1981. Others who had played Live Aid 20 years before were Geldof, U2, McCartney, Elton John, Sting, The Who, George Michael and Madonna (who performed then at the Philadelphia concert).
It had been said that
Paul McCartneyand U2's Bonowould be wearing Sgt. Pepper costumes, but, in the event, they were only worn by an anonymous, four-piece French hornsection.
Immediately following Travis' performance, Geldof told the audience he "couldn't resist playing on this stage" and played the
Boomtown Ratssong " I Don't Like Mondays". He had earlier said that he "did not deserve" to play alongside the scheduled acts.
All the songs performed by Sting were sung twenty years before at
Youssou N'Douralso managed to appear at the Cornwalland Parisvenues during the day.
Just before introducing Birhan Woldu,
Bob Geldofbecame disgustedFact|date=June 2007 of audience members clapping at the classic video shown at Live Aid with the starving Ethiopians. He scowled at the fans, "I don't think we clap that, do we?" resulting in the fans being quiet. The rant was not included on the DVD release but was shown in the television broadcast. George Michaelsaid in an interview that he had wanted to perform a solo song, but was suffering from a bad head cold.
Some artists, such as
Elton John, Coldplay, REM and U2, already had shows planned for 2 July, which they performed after their performances at Live 8. Accordingly they were not present for the "Hey Jude" grand finale. The Whooriginally planned to do three songs (the two mentioned above plus " Baba O'Riley")Fact|date=June 2007 but ultimately only performed two on the day.
The event marks the first time in 24 years that
Pink Floyd's seminal line-up would perform: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. This would mark the only occasion when these four members would unite as Wright passed away on September 15, 2008 of cancer at the age of 65.
Originally scheduled to close at 9.30pm, the concert over-ran and went on until just after midnight, leaving many in the audience with no means of returning home.
Harvey Goldsmithappeared on stage to thank the audience for their patience with the late-running event, and to make a closing appeal for people to leave slowly, to avoid crushes.
Front stage passes
Notable, non-performing personalities backstage and in the audience included:
Bob Geldof's daughters, Peaches, Pixie and Fifi Trixibelle
* Laura Parker Bowles
BBCprovided full television coverage in the UK, starting on BBC Twofrom 13:00, and continuing from about 18:15 on BBC One, right up to the end of the concert at midnight. The advertised changeover time was 16:15, disappointing many who had set video recorders accordingly.
The coverage was fronted by talk show host Jonathan Ross, with backstage interviews by
Fearne Cottonand Jo Whiley.
350 complaints were made to the BBC about swearing before the 9pm watershed. The BBC apologised, however a spokesman said: "This is nothing, really. If "
EastEnders" starts five minutes late we get close to 500 complaints".
In the US,
MTVand VH1provided intermittent and incomplete live and taped coverage, frequently breaking away mid-song for commercials or commentary by their veejays. This decision drew criticism from numerous viewers who viewed the commentary as being frivolous or inane and would have preferred to see the music acts themselves. However, AOLprovided a full webcastof the entire show.
After the criticism of viewers, both VH1 and MTV showed many highlights of the Live 8 concerts on July 9, 2005 for 5 hours each without commercial interruption.
Australiaa highlights show of around 3 hours length was broadcast on the night of the concert, AEST, on free to air Nine Networkand full live coverage was broadcast on pay TV.
In the UK, there was radio coverage on
BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2and several local radio stations.
The Radio 1 coverage was anchored by
Chris Moylesand Scott Mills, with interviews by Edith Bowman, Colin Murray, Sara Coxand Vernon Kay. There was alternative coverage on Radio 2, anchored by Chris Evans. Each station focussed on artists who matched the station's playlisting policy and target audience.
Most commercial radio stations in the UK took a programme produced by Capital FM for the day.
In the US, XM Satellite Radio broadcast the concert in its entirety.
BBC Big Screens
The BBC also had live coverage on big screens across the UK.
London- south part of Hyde Park
Manchester- Exchange Square
Birmingham- Chamberlain Square
** Birmingham -
Cannon Hill Park
Liverpool- Clayton Square
** Hull - Queen Victoria Square
Leeds- Millennium Square
Gateshead- Gateshead International Stadium
Bournemouth- Meyrick Park
Plymouth- Armada Way
Cardiff- Cooper's Field, Bute Park
Wrexham- Queens Square
* Northern Ireland
Belfast- Customs House Square
Inverness- Caledonian Stadium
* Channel Islands
St. Helier, Jersey- Peoples Park
People who were watching the event in Cardiff were able to watch the event in HDTV on a 17ft wide screen; this is believed to be the first ever live public relay of HD in Europe.
AOL's music channel included a live video stream. The BBC were also streaming a radio show from the live event over the Internet via BBCi service, alongside various video clips.
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