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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/31/2005

Live 8 Update


As Joe mentioned yesterday, the Live 8 concert line-ups have been announced. You can read this article for all the details, but here's the basic rundown: London's got Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Madonna, R.E.M. and U2; Philly offers Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson headline the Berlin show; Jamiroquai and Yannick Noah play Paris; and Duran Duran hits the stage in Rome. Clearly, London boasts the best line-up.

All I can say is that I hope MTV broadcasts the concerts all day, just as the network did with Live Aid in 1985, and that VJs Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman return to provide analysis. Honestly, you can't beat the one-two commentary punch of Quinn-Goodman.

-- Jen

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And you didn't even mention the chance of a Spice Girls reunion for the show (presumably in London). How much better does it get??

Posted by: dan | June 2, 2005 2:46 PM | Report abuse

To quote the Philadelphi Enquirer "Why don't we just call it bland aid? McCartney, Sting, Bono? Bor-ring. Wouldn't it be an end to world poverty if they (and others like Will Smith) just forked over some of their cash?" Yeah, I just can't wait to stand for hours in the midday sun in Philly with a few million people to be lectured at by Dave Matthews. Rock OUT man! Can someone explain to me how this is going to help relief efforts in Africa? Hey, if nothing else it makes you "artist" look somewhat appealing. P.S. Will Smith just forked over 6K for a comode(it has bun warmers & u need no paper!)

Posted by: Sarah Clancy | June 3, 2005 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The original Live Aid, 1985 displayed an enormous amount of talent. Musical styles have since changed for worse.Most rock bands of today have a unique sound.Best description would be, a quick recorded & mastered cd done out of someones garage.Image counted in the 80's,the music was fun.Robin Gibb of the BeeGees said in an interview, is very doubtful the 90's will be looked back upon as a high point in music history.Life of a pop or rock star is short.Though true talent will always shine on for decades.The 80's had a wide variety age group who loved the music. Todays music cannot compare, it's limited to a teen to 20's age group of listeners.The legends tell a true tale of standing the test of time.I'm glad live 8 has included a line up of veteran artist to perform in this spectacular event. Mtv will broadcast Live 8, though the 80's Martha Quinn,Nina Blackwwod,Alan Hunter,JJ Jackson,Mark Goodman, was a unforgettable time. Looking at it today it's a shame what music has become.

Posted by: Brian | July 1, 2005 4:32 AM | Report abuse

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