Live 8 Concert Set to Take Place on July 2 
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Written by Diane Sherwin   
Wednesday, 01 June 2005

Twenty years after Live Aid took place in London and Philadelphia in 1985, Live 8 will be hitting London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Philadelphia in order to raise awareness of poverty in Africa. The original Live Aid was staged to relieve starving in Ethiopia, and generated $100 million for famine relief.

The five concerts are free, and take place before leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations meet in Scotland. Bob Geldof, who arranged the first Live Aid concerts and is arranging the current Live 8 concerts says that the summit has presented an opportunity to “tilt the world a little bit on its axis in favor of the poor, and that’s not a difficult thing to do.”

Peformers at the London concert include: Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Dido, Elton John, Keane, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Muse, REM, the Scissor Sisters, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Snoop, U2 and Robbie Williams. Performers slated for the Berlin concert are: A-Ha, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson.

The concert in Rome features Faith Hill and Duran Duran; The Paris concert includes Jamiroquai, Craig David, Youssou N'Dour and Yannick Noah. Stateside in Philadelphia, scheduled acts are the Dave Matthews Band, Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Will Smith and Stevie Wonder.

Live 8 is expected to cost $180 million, but cannot guarantee that African schools and hospitals will receive any money. Instead, Geldof hopes to get worldwide leaders to start the necessary steps to fight a long battle against African poverty.


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