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2005 Live concert  “Live8”  performed around the world in at least 10 major cities,  to tackle poverty in Africa ahead of the G8 summit about global poverty. London Saw artists perform such as Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Robbie Williams, Richard Ashcroft,REM U2, Jonathan Ross, Sir Paul McCartney, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Bill Gates, Dido, Stereophonics, Bob Geldof, Ricky Gervais, Kofi, Annan, Ms Dynamite, Keane, Brad Pitt, UB40 Annie Lennox, Snoop Dogg, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Joss Stone, Scissor Sisters, Velvet Revolver, Lenny Henry, Sting, Dawn French, Mariah Carey, David Beckham, Peter Kay, The Who, Travis, The Boomtown Rats, Alison Moyet, David Bowie.

This was the first time in 24 years that the ultimate line up of Pink Floyd would perform live on stage.


Other notable details some of these artists appeared 20 years ago for the first fund raising concert of its kind Live Aid in 1985. See July 13th entry.

A Duet performed by Sir Paul McCartney and U2 front man Bono of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, shows the day light stage and the Birdseye view of the crowd in Hyde park London


Sir Paul McCartney also performed in the Evening as the Concert went from day to night during its 10 hr. performance and broadcast. During a classic Beatles revival “Drive My Car” An unannounced guest, George Michael jogs on stage to Duet with him.


The G8 summit agreed to fund aid to developing countries and cancel the debts of 18 of the poorest countries



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