Live 8

by Volker Weber

live 8

4Peace Ensemble, A-ha, African Children's Choir, African Guitar Summit, Agata Kristy, Alicia Keys, Aliona Sviridova, Amel Bent, Andrea Bocelli, Annie Lennox, Antonello Venditti, Articolo 31, Audioslave, Axelle Red, B-2, BAP, Barenaked Ladies, Beverly Knight, Biagio Antonacci, Björk, Black Eyed Peas, Blue Rodeo, Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, Bruce Cockburn, Bryan Adams, Calogero, Cerrone / Nile Rogers, Chris de Burgh, Claudio Baglioni, Coldplay, Craig David, Crosby Stills & Nash, Cure, Dave Matthews Band, David Hallyday, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Def Tech, Delphin, Destiny's Child, Diam's, Dido, Die Toten Hosen, Disiz La Peste, DMC, DobaCaracol featuring Kna'an, Dreams Come True, Duran Duran, Elisa, Elton John, Faith Hill, Faithless, Faudel, Florent Pagny, Francesco De Gregori, Garik Sukachev, Gemelli Diversi, Good Charlotte, Gordon Lightfoot, Great Big Sea, Green Day, Herbert Grönemeyer, Irene Grandi, Jabu Khanyile and Bayete, Jann Arden, Jay-Z, Jet, Joana Zimmer, Johnny Hallyday, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, Jovanotti, Juan Diego Florez, Juli, Jungo, Kaiser Chiefs, Katherine Jenkins, Keane, Keith Urban, Killers, Kool Shen, Kyo, Laura Pausini, Le Vibrazioni, Les Trois Accords, Ligabue, Linda, Lindiwe, Linkin Park, Louis Bertignac, Lucky Dube, Madonna, Mahotella Queens, Malaika, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Matt Copora, Max Pezzali, McFly, Midge Ure and African artists from Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD, Moral Code X, Ms. Dynamite, Muse, Mötley Crüe, Natasha Bedingfield, Negramaro, Negrita, Nek, Noa, Orchestre Baobab, Oumou Sengare, Our Lady Peace, P. Diddy, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Piero Pelu, Pink Floyd, Pino Daniele, Placebo, Povia, Proclaimers, Raphael, Razorlight, Reamonn, Red Elvises, REM, Renato Zero, Renee Olstead, Rize, Rob Thomas, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, Roxy Music, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Sasha, Scissor Sisters, Shakira, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Silbermond, Simple Pain, Snoop Dogg, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Söhne Mannheims, Tegan & Sara, Texas, The Bachman Cummings Band, The Corrs, The Cure, The Killers, The Sugababes, The Tragically Hip, The Who, Tim McGraw, Tina Arena, Tiromancino, Toby Keith, Tom Cochrane, Travis, U2, UB 40, Vasco Rossi, Velvet Revolver, Annie Lennox, Vusi Mahlasela, Wir Sind Helden, Yannick Noah, Youssou N'Dour, Zola, Zucchero

Thank you Phoenix, for broadcasting the full event. Without any commentators. Excellent!


Should have watched it on tv, too. It was much too long and badly organized here in Berlin. Having backache now. :-)

Markus Thielmann, 2005-07-03

some really great music, just finished listening to (of all songs) Helter-Skelter by McCartney.

But a funny observation -- this didn't seem like the "event" that Live Aid was 20 years ago. I didn't know anything about Live 8 until yesterday, whereas 20 years ago it was impossible to miss Live Aid. Signal to noise ratio? Bad marketing? Apathy?

Ed Brill, 2005-07-03

It may be regional, Ed. It was a big topic here in Canada.

Stan Rogers, 2005-07-03

Wow - more than 2500 photos on flickr already.

Damn cool.

Peter Fisch, 2005-07-03

African Children's Choir, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Coldplay, Dido, Elton John, Joss Stone, Keane, Killers, The, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ms. Dynamite, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Razorlight, REM, Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Sting, Travis, U2, UB40, Velvet RevolverAnnie Lennox, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Sugababes, Ronan Keating, Beverly Knight, The Corrs, Natasha Bedingfield, Proclaimers, Texas, Youssou N’Dour, McFly, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure and African artists from Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD, Andrea Bocelli with the Philarmonie der Nationen, Amel Bent, Axelle Red, Calogero, Cerrone / Nile Rogers, Craig David, Cure, The, David Hallyday, Diam's, Dido, Disiz La Peste, Faudel, Florent Pagny, Kool Shen, Kyo, Louis Bertignac, Matt copora, Muse, Placebo, Raphael, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Tina Arena, Yannick Noah, Youssou N'Dour, A-ha, Audioslave, Bap, Brian Wilson, Chris de Burgh, Crosby Stills & Nash, Die Toten Hosen, Faithless, Green Day, Herbert Groenemeyer, Joana Zimmer, Juan Diego Florez, Juli, Katherine Jenkins, Reamonn, Renee Olstead, Roxy Music, Sasha, Silbermond, Soehne Mannheims, Wir Sind Helden, Antonello Venditti, Articolo 31, Biagio Antonacci, Claudio Baglioni, Duran Duran, Elisa, Faith Hill, Francesco De Gregori, Gemelli Diversi, Irene Grandi, Jovanotti, Laura Pausini, Le Vibrazioni, Ligabue, Max Pezzali, Negramaro, Negrita, Nek, Noa, Piero Pelu, Pino Daniele, Povia, Renato Zero, Tim McGraw, Tiromancino, Velvet, African Guitar Summit, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Bryan Adams, The Bachman Cummings Band, Deep Purple, DMC, DobaCaracol featuring Kna'an, Gordon Lightfoot, Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, Jet, Les Trois Accords, Motley Crue, Our Lady Peace, Sam Roberts, Simple Plan, Tegan & Sara, The Tragically Hip, Tom Cochrane, Bjork, Def Tech, Dreams Come True, Good Charlotte, McFly, Rize, 4Peace Ensemble, Jabu Khanyile and Bayete, Lindiwe, Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Malaika, Orchestre Baobab, Oumou Sengare, Vusi Mahlasela, Zola, Agata Kristy, Aliona Sviridova, B-2, Delphin - TBC, Garik Sukachev - TBC, Jungo, Linda, Moral Code X, Pet Shop Boys, Red Elvises, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z, Josh Groban, Kaiser Chiefs, Keith Urban, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, P Diddy, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith

Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-03

Sure, Sir Bob Geldof is a modern hero and it's great that all these musicians listened when he called.

But does anyone really expect that the G8 will let the poor countries of the world get out of debt because of this?

Thomas Cloer, 2005-07-03

Thomas, if they manage to keep awareness alive, they already deserve our gratitude. Listen to Bono´s speech here and you´ll know what I mean.

Frank Koehntopp, 2005-07-03

Ed, I live in Berlin and till Friday noon, when I tried to pass by at the Brandenburg Gate to visit a customer and could not get through, I realized the Live8 taking place in Berlin, too ;-)

When I read the newspapers showing pictures of thousands of people, and I read comments like "these people were out in the street fighting for justice" I could not help thinking: These people were out there to listen to music. My perception was: Live Aid was realy a kind of global movement of poeple who wanted to help the so called third world. But Live8? I am not sure.

Alexander Kluge, 2005-07-03

I was at the Live Aid concert (in Philadelphia). I have to agree that the "cultural movement" was much more dramatic then. I have heard much less about the Live 8 convert (although I have known about it for a while), and many people seem completely confused by the name, which means they have missed the connection to the G-8 and all.

On the other hand, by pushing at a pressure point at a moment in time when there is a real chance that the G-8 might actually forgive the debts, the concert may have more real effect than Live Aid did. It is a shame that effecting a very small number of decision makers may have more impact than involving a lot of regular people, but that seems to be the way of the world these days.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2005-07-03

Danke, Hubertus, für die Ergänzung.

Volker Weber, 2005-07-04

I had the same experience as Alexander. But then Friends decided to go and I joined them. I missed the Toten Hosen who were great I was told. Otherwise there was a lot of time in between the acts, the videoscreens were then showing the other events, but sound was terrible if you were not close to the stage.

We left at around 9pm as many other people did, we were a bit bored. It would have been so much better to have the stage on the Reichstag steps, rather then at the Großer Stern. The organisers tried that from what I read, but Thierse turned them down because of concerns of gardening damage...

That's so typical.

Moritz Schroeder, 2005-07-04

Yes, the event was great, the music also, still I wonder how many realize that it won't change things at all for Africa.

It might give all of us a good feeling to believe the funds raisen will help towards improving the living standards of the poor but, believe me, westerners have a wrong perception about Africa.

All the money in the world will not change the poverty neither social unrest in Africa.

It's the African governments (and the people) that must change and that's the impossible challenge.

I have lived and worked for some time in rural Africa near the Ugandan border and I assure you, I know what I am talking about. The very few people reading this, with some inside knowledge of the sub-saharan African continent, will understand what I mean.

And I don't say that Bob Geldoff is not driven by good will however, with the Live Aid project first and Live 8 now, many people get a lot more visibility...

Pieterjan Lansbergen, 2005-07-04


Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-04

Ja, klar. Die Negerkinder lachen auch schon alle.

Kristof Doffing, 2005-07-04

Kristof, klares Statement!

Da spielen 150 Bands auf der ganzen Welt aus Überzeugung,
tausende Helfer opfern ihre Freizeit um was zu bewegen,
Millionen unterzeichnen die Liste im Internet
und alles was Dir einfällt ist Spott.


Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-04

Stimmt. Die globale Naivität ist kaum anders zu ertragen.

Kristof Doffing, 2005-07-04

Some people have the luxury of losing hope. But poor people never lose hope. They can’t afford to.

Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-04

Hubertus, guckst Du hier.

Volker Weber, 2005-07-04

Volker, thank you for pointing to that interview.

How, very, very true that is.
My German is not good, however I can understand enough points like this:
Afrika muss den Schritt in die Moderne jedoch erst selbst gehen. Es muss sich ein Mentalitätswechsel vollziehen. Wir müssen aufhören, uns als Almosenempfänger zu empfinden. Afrikaner sehen sich mittlerweile selbst nur noch als Opfer. Keiner kann sich hingegen einen Afrikaner als Geschäftsmann vorstellen. Um das zu erreichen, wäre es hilfreich, wenn sich die Hilfsorganisationen zurückzö order to confirm that, indeed, this is one of the core issues that people in developed countries find hard to understand.

Hubertus, you better read this carefully, it's a black Kenyan speaking about his own country..

Pieterjan Lansbergen, 2005-07-05

So naiv bin ich nicht, dass mir das nicht bewusst wäre...

Vielleicht bin ich persönlich da auch etwas weit weg vom Thema, um das in aller Konsequenz zu beurteilen. Ich möchte hier nicht den Wissenden spielen und schon gar nicht Moralpredigten halten. Entwicklungshilfe ist nicht unbedingt mein Thema, aber einen Punkt zum Samstag/Live8 möchte ich doch schon noch anmerken :

1988 gab es in London das "Mandela Concert" - 2 Jahre später war Nelson Mandela ein freier Mann und wurde später Präsident von Südafrika. Auch da war die Musik ein Baustein, vielleicht ein kleiner, aber groß genug um zu helfen, die Welt zu ändern.

Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-05

Pieterjan, i have read this carefully and i know that. I am not involved in this enough to judge about. My point is something totally different:

I spend half of my live in music business as a sound engineer. Live8 was an event from musicians to help to change the world. I believe it will change the world as it did 1988 at the "Mandela Concert". May be it helps just a tiny little bit, but it does.

150 bands, thousands helping, millions signing the list is better than doing nothing !!!

Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-05

Live8 did not collect money this time...

Hubertus Amann, 2005-07-05

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