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2005-07-06 14:48:51

By Michael Holden EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Rock stars staged a final "Live 8" concert in Edinburgh on Wednesday in a last-minute bid to press world leaders gathering in nearby Gleneagles to do more to alleviate poverty. The free gig featured artists including James Brown and Annie Lennox. Ten other "Live 8" concerts on Saturday across four continents featured what was billed as the greatest ever line-up of rock and pop talent. About 50,000 people crowded into the Murrayfield sports stadium...

2005-07-03 15:48:14

By Mike Collett-White and Mark Egan LONDON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - They rocked the world inthe largest live concert ever held. Now the stars of the Live 8extravaganza are looking to leaders to respond by doing more tohelp the poor when they meet later in the week. The ability of people power to make a difference willbecome clearer on July 8 when leaders of the Group of Eight(G8) wealthy industrialized nations end a summit in Scotlandwhere Africa will be high on the agenda. "Mahatma...

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2005-07-05 10:30:00

LONDON -- Internet auction site eBay said on Tuesday it had begun removing illegal DVD copies of the Live 8 poverty awareness pop concerts from its Web site, after the record industry complained. Some of the pirate recordings on the site early on Tuesday were on sale within 24 hours of Saturday's concerts ending, and have been attracting bids of up to 16.99 pounds ($31) each. One of them boasts footage from huge concerts in London'sHyde Park and Philadelphia. Ten concerts took place in all,...

2005-07-03 00:10:17

By Claudia Parsons and Paul Majendie PHILADELPHIA/LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million peoplegathered in cities across the world on Saturday for Live 8, thebiggest music concert ever held to pressure rich nations to domore for the poor. As the gigs wound down, organizers turned their thoughts toWednesday when the leaders of the Group of Eight industrializednations meet in Scotland to discuss aid to Africa. Live 8 coordinator Bob Geldof urged 200,000 fans inLondon's Hyde Park to demand...

2005-07-02 21:50:35

By Claudia Parsons and Paul Majendie PHILADELPHIA/LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million peoplegathered in cities across the world on Saturday for Live 8, thebiggest music concert ever held to pressure rich nations to domore for the poor. The largest gig was in Philadelphia, where organizers saidup to 1 million people crammed the streets, with people poweron display at 10 separate concerts across four continents. In London, Irish rocker Bob Geldof urged 200,000 fans tocry "No more...

2005-07-02 14:14:44

By Paul Majendie and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Paul McCartney and U2's Bono fired up ahuge London crowd with "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts ClubBand" on Saturday for the anti-poverty crusade, Live 8, thebiggest music event ever staged. Starting the show with the familiar lyrics: "It was 20years ago today," ex-Beatle McCartney harked straight back tothe 1985 Live Aid concerts. Back then, a new standard in fund-raising was achieved byorganizer Bob Geldof to help the victims of...

2005-07-02 12:37:51

By David Dolan TOKYO (Reuters) - Icelandic singer Bjork rocked Tokyo onSaturday, kicking off the biggest live music show in historywhich aims to pressure world leaders to do more to fightpoverty. Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation of 20years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents and endin North America. Organizer Bob Geldof wants to harness peoplepower to push for political change. Dozens of pop legends, including Paul McCartney, Madonnaand Stevie Wonder, will...

2005-07-02 11:38:57

By David Dolan TOKYO (Reuters) - What has been billed as the greatestmusic show ever kicked off in Tokyo on Saturday, as the firstin a galaxy of rock stars took to the stage in a global eventaimed at pushing 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, startingin Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in the west. "We're here today to make poverty history," singer...

2005-07-01 18:14:44

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...

2005-06-29 13:09:55

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - Last time they wanted to feed the world,this time they want to change it. The 10 Live 8 concerts around the globe this Saturday taketheir inspiration from the Live Aid gigs 20 years ago whichraised over $100 million for famine relief in Africa -- anachievement widely hailed at the time. The aims of organizer Bob Geldof and his fellow campaignersare more ambitious now. The Irish rock singer'sexpletive-peppered appeals for money have been replaced by acall...


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