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On the 2nd July 2005, Sir Bob Geldof attempted to stage a concert that would once again bring the plight of Africa to the fore. But rather than asking for people's money, as he had in 1985, he this time wanted people themselves to help awareness of the issues with the world leaders who would be meeting at the G8 summit in Scotland later that week.
Under the banner of 'Make Poverty History' the concert staged in Hyde Park was to be the beginning of a week of events culminating in Edinburgh at the beginning of the G8 summit. The concerts in London, Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Barrie and Edinburgh attracted over 1000 artists shown on 182 networks and 2000 radio stations.
This four disc DVD boxset focuses on the Hyde Park event in the first three discs. The fourth disc is a highlights disc of all the other concerts, as well as rehearsal footage featuring Pink Floyd, The Who and Travis.
The event started in the way Live Aid finished. Paul McCartney opened with U2 in a rendition of 'Sgt Pepper.' That song opens with the line 'It was 20 years ago today...', in this case a reference to Live Aid which had occurred in 1985. After that, U2 performed there 3 song set followed by Coldplay. The event itself lasted until 10pm that evening and included stars such as the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Elton John, The Killers. There is something for everyone here including the truly amazing Velvet Revolver and their song 'Fall to Pieces.' When I say amazing, i'm being sarcastic they literally fell to pieces on stage You may want to skip it, or at least see it once.
For me the event got better the longer it went ending with the brilliant Who before the set which has probably defined this event, the reformation, at least temporarily of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. There set was only five songs long and lasted about 25 minutes but to have them back together for the first time since the 70s will have been a moment that will live long in the memory. Unfortunately, Richard Wright's death in 2008 also means that this will probably be the last time Pink Floyd performs, so truly a momentous event.
You can buy it for around £30 on Amazon.co.uk and I cannot emphasise that it is a must buy. There is something for everyone there and the bad bits are few and far between.
A compilation of performances from the Live 8 concert held in 2005. The tracklist includes: U2 - 'Beautiful Day', Coldplay - 'In My Place', Elton John - 'The Bitch Is Back', Keane - 'Somewhere Only We Know', Black Eyed Peas - 'Where Is The Love', Duran Duran - 'Wild Boys', Travis - 'Sing' and Stereophonics - 'Bartender And The Thief'.