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2013-09-05 16:25:02

The musician, actor, and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, is to be granted the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony which will take place on the 16th of September 2013. LONDON, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The musician, actor, and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, is to be granted the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony which will take place on the 16th of September 2013. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130905/MN74753) Sir Bob is already a freeman of...

2006-07-22 18:12:29

By Antony Bruno and Ray Waddell LOS ANGELES/NASHVILLE (Billboard) - It's 9 p.m. at The Gig in Hollywood and a crowd of L.A. hipsters is trickling in to catch the evening's act. The bar itself is just one of several live music venues scattered throughout the city that caters to emerging artists hungry for a stage -- however small -- to hone their skills and attract a following. Attendance tonight is sparse, maybe 30 patrons hang on the bar or linger on the beer-stained dancefloor....

2006-06-29 10:20:35

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's richest countries are falling short on pledges made to Africa a year ago on providing life-saving AIDS drugs, expanding trade and boosting aid, said activist rock star Bono. Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof have used their fame to fuel a global campaign for more aid to Africa, organizing Live 8 concerts around the world last year to press Group of Eight industrial leaders meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, to wipe out...

2006-06-26 04:34:21

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that the Group of Eight had failed to make progress on some of the commitments it made at a summit last year to tackle global poverty. Writing in the Independent newspaper, Blair said the problems of poverty and climate change could not be solved "overnight," but urged more action, particularly on trade. "These are long-term problems and the solutions will be long-term too," he wrote in a joint...

2006-06-25 18:46:58

By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair has enlisted rock star Bob Geldof and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to help keep track of how wealthy countries live up to their aid commitments to Africa. Keeping track of pledges by countries known as the Group of Eight is a "full-time job" and while some pledges are on track, more needs to be done, Blair will say in a speech on Monday in London. Blair is setting up an independent Africa Panel, to be...

2006-02-21 04:45:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC has been chastised by the UK media regulator for broadcasting profanity and offensive language from artists including Madonna, Green Day and Snoop Dogg during last summer's Live 8 concert. Ofcom criticised the BBC's failure to use a standard delay to filter out offensive language during the event, which gathered more than a billion people in cities across the world to pressure rich nations to do more for the poor. It said the broadcaster "should have...

2005-11-24 08:49:29

ROME (Reuters) - Irish rocker and charity champion Bob Geldof criticised Italy on Thursday for failing to give more to the world's poor and urged its leaders to help break a deadlock in international trade talks. Geldof, whose Live 8 concerts this year helped persuade the leaders of the G8 richest nations to double aid to Africa, was in Rome to receive the 2005 "Man for Peace" award handed out by Nobel Peace Prize winners every year. "Italy ... is the least generous of the developed...

2005-11-17 15:34:05

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Roger Waters delighted rock fans when Pink Floyd played their first gig together for 24 years at July's Live8. On Thursday he was hoping to win over classical fans with his first opera, 16 years in the making. The singer, bass player and songwriter on classic albums like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," said he wanted his French Revolution opera "Ca Ira" to have the same impact at its world premiere in Rome as his stadium-filling rock...

2005-10-28 20:17:11

By Emmanuel LeGrand LONDON (Billboard) - The Live 8 series of 10 free concerts this past July were not meant to be fund-raisers, but they have generated a surplus of more than $12 million, Billboard has learned. The money will be put toward relief projects in Africa. Organizers say total costs for the shows were in the region of 10 million pounds. Revenue from sponsors, TV and DVD rights, mobile phone texting and other such ancillary sources as merchandising and photo rights not...

2005-10-25 18:11:49

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Irish rock star Bob Geldof said on Tuesday that the Live 8 concerts in July had been successful in motivating the young to care about Africa's woes. "It was a bizarre confluence of politics and populism," the rocker turned activist said of rock 'n' roll's greatest line-up ever, designed to pressure world leaders to alleviate poverty. However Geldof said: "Some people may, perhaps correctly, view Live 8 as the blink of an eye. Five days later, the...