Geldof Announces Five Live 8 Concerts

LATEST: SIR BOB GELDOF has announced the LIVE 8 charity concerts will consist of eight star-studded gigs around the world - crushing speculation Edinburgh, Scotland and Washington DC will host the huge events.

At a press conference in London today (31MAY05), the former BOOMTOWN RAT confirmed a-list artists will perform in Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Philadelphia, US; Rome, Italy and the British capital on 2 July (05).

COLDPLAY, MADONNA, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY, REM and U2 will perform in London's Hyde Park; WILL SMITH, BON JOVI, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, STEVIE WONDER and SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway; LAURYN HILL and former BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate; YOUSSOU N'DOUR, YANNICK NOAH and PLACEBO under Paris' Eiffel Tower and DURAN DURAN at Rome's Circus Maximus.

Organisers hope to organise three further concerts in Japan, Canada and Russia - the three remaining countries in the G8.

The gigs aim to raise awareness of world poverty in developing countries, days before the G8 Summit in Scotland (06JUL05).

31/05/2005 17:27

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