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2005-07-03 12:01:03

By Mike Collett-White and Mark Egan LONDON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - After a galaxy of starsrocked the world in the largest live concert ever held,politicians said on Sunday people power could make a differenceas world leaders prepared to meet to relieve poverty. Over a million people listened to rock and pop musicians atvenues across four continents on Saturday to demand that theGroup of Eight wealthy nations cancel the debts of poor Africancountries and boost aid at a summit in Scotland...

2005-07-02 18:51:29

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandelacalled on the world's most powerful leaders to prevent genocideby tackling poverty in Africa, saying failure to do so would bea crime against humanity. The former South African president used a huge concert inJohannesburg on Saturday -- one of nine Live 8 performancesaimed at highlighting Africa's woes -- to warn Western leadersthat history would judge them by their actions. "It is within your power to prevent a genocide...

2005-07-02 17:30:01

By Paul Majendie and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - A galaxy of rock stars staged theworld's biggest live concert on Saturday to pressure richnations into doing more for the poor. People power rose up across four continents as Irish rockerBob Geldof urged music fans at Live 8 gigs around the globe tocry "No more excuses" to the G8 leaders of the world's leadingindustrialized nations. "Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freeda people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It...

2005-07-02 02:58:58

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A galaxy of rock and roll stars willgrace stages across the globe on Saturday for what is beingbilled as the greatest music show ever, in a bid to putpressure on world leaders to do more to help the poor. Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation 20years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents, kickingoff in Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in thewest. In London, boasting arguably the strongest line-up of the10...

2005-07-01 18:18:48

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Final preparations were under way onFriday for what organizers promised would be the greatest musicshow on Earth, with pop stars leaving their egos backstage toraise awareness of poverty in Africa. Irish rocker and organizer Bob Geldof believes Saturday'sLive 8 event will eclipse Live Aid 20 years ago, when 1.5billion people tuned in to see the likes of U2, David Bowie andMick Jagger perform to raise money for Ethiopia's famine. This time it is...

2005-06-30 15:09:18

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Two exhausted men have worked behind thescenes, into the early hours, for eight weeks to pull off whatpromises to be the greatest music show on earth. Irish rocker Bob Geldof is the most public face of the Live8 concerts on Saturday to raise awareness of extreme poverty,but if all goes well on July 2 it will also be down to producerKevin Wall and promoter Harvey Goldsmith. Technological advances since the Live Aid concerts 20 yearsago, including...

2005-06-30 13:46:31

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Many of Italy's biggest pop stars haveshaken off their initial skepticism about Live 8 and agreed toperform on the Rome stage of the international anti-povertyrock extravaganza on Saturday. Bob Geldof, who publicly chided Italian stars for theirreluctance to appear, has even persuaded Zucchero, one of thefew Italians to have a Top 10 hit in Britain, to perform inRome as well as Paris where he was first scheduled to play. By playing at Rome's Circus...

2005-06-30 02:07:53

By Cameron French BARRIE, Ontario (Reuters) - Park Place in Barrie, Ontario,doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Rome's CircusMaximus, the Palace of Versailles, Hyde Park or the BrandenburgGate in Berlin as the venue for a rock concert. Located about 60 miles up the highway from Toronto, Barrietypically registers as a blur on the high-speed drive northfrom Toronto to the picturesque cottages in the Muskoka region. But Barrie's 120,000-odd residents are finding themselvesunder an...

2005-06-29 16:58:39

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued through thenight on Wednesday for their last chance to see thestar-studded Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park. Additional tickets to watch the event live were beingdistributed from 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) to first-comers in London aswell as six locations across Britain. Some punters had arrived before noon on Tuesday to ensurethey would get their hands on a pair of the 55,000 freetickets, restricted to two per person. "It's an amazing line-up and...

2005-06-28 20:29:03

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The Live 8 rock concertshighlighting Africa's woes should have been staged in theworld's poorest continent with global stars performingalongside local acts, organizers of the Johannesburg gig saidTuesday. Nine Live 8 gigs featuring top acts like U2, Elton John andMadonna will be held on July 2, but critics have lambastedIrish rocker Bob Geldof, mastermind of Live 8, for shunningAfrican stars in an event meant to underline the continent'sproblems. "If we had a...


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