Latest Live 8 Stories

2005-06-28 09:16:29

LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow has been added to the lineup ofLive 8 concerts on July 2 which aim to put pressure on worldleaders meeting the following week to do more to alleviateextreme poverty. Live 8 coordinator Richard Curtis said on Friday he was"pretty confident" that Moscow would be added to the eight mainconcerts, and on Tuesday morning the Red Square gig was on theofficial Web site. The site, www.live8live.com, now features 10 concerts onJuly 2; one in each of the G8 industrialized...

2005-06-28 09:05:30

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Wrinkly rockers never die, they just docharity gigs. Teenage pop fans hoping to hail their heroes at Saturday'sLive 8 concerts are in for a rude awakening when headline actshit the stage. It is more likely to be their parents singing along toveteran rock stars who wrote the soundtrack to their lives allthose years ago. Irish rocker Bob Geldof, whose aim is to pressure richcountries to alleviate poverty in Africa at July's G8 summit ofwestern...

2005-06-27 16:49:39

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - He is fully behind Bob Geldof and hisLive 8 poverty awareness concerts, but musician Peter Gabrielbelieves African acts have been sidelined in the rush to securethe biggest names in rock. Former Genesis star Gabriel is holding a concert on July 2for African artists to coincide with the eight main gigs Geldofhas lined up across the globe to pressure world leaders intodoing more to alleviate poverty, especially in Africa. Geldof has had to answer...

2005-07-03 00:05:44

By Mark Egan and Claudia Parsons PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Americans at the Live 8 concert inPhiladelphia on Saturday were told a simple message -- Africansare created equal too. The crowd of about 1 million watched a roster includingStevie Wonder, pop divas Destiny's Child and rapper Jay-Z on astage set up on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,and heard demands that rich countries such as the UnitedStates, Britain and Japan relieve African debts. But organizers said the symbolic...

2005-06-29 12:16:07

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ABC television has locked up U.S.broadcast rights for the upcoming worldwide series of Live 8concerts for African debt relief, with plans to air two hoursof highlights from the shows in prime time, the network said onTuesday. The Walt Disney Co.-owned network licensed TV rights to theLive 8 performances from America Online, a unit of Time WarnerInc., which also owns North American and European Internetrights to the shows, an AOL spokesman said. AOL plans to stream...

2005-07-03 11:45:00

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -- More than 26.4 million people from around the world sent text messages on Saturday in support of the Live 8 campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest countries, setting a world record, organizers said. "This is definitely going down as the biggest political call to action," said Ralph Simon, who was coordinating the text messaging campaign in Philadelphia, the venue of the largest of 10 concerts around the world to demand relief of African poverty. He said the...

2005-06-13 17:10:00

LONDON (Reuters) -- Music fans broke a world record when they sent more than 2 million text messages to try to get tickets for next month's Live 8 concert in London, the Guinness Book of Records said Monday. The record-breakers' bible said 2,060,285 texts were received, setting a record for the "Largest Text Message Lottery." Performers for the July 2 charity concert for Africa include Maria Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, U2 and Robbie...

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