Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Live Earth Concert Series...

Looks like weird Al, sorry, make that Big Al has stepped on some toes, perhaps some folks thought they had the market cornered on staging big pop music extravaganzas...
Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 benefit concerts, criticized the Live Earth music events former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is putting together this summer, saying they lack a specific goal, according to a Dutch newspaper report Saturday.

The Live Earth concerts will be held in cities around the world on July 7, with proceeds funding a yet-to-be-named foundation to combat climate change, under Mr. Gore's direction.

The shows will take place in London; New York; Tokyo; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Organizers have also promised an event in Antarctica.

“I hope they're a success,” De Volkskrant newspaper quoted Mr. Geldof as saying in an interview.

“But why is (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all (expletive) conscious of global warming,” he said.

Mr. Geldof, former front-man of The Boomtown Rats, organized the mammoth Live Aid concerts in 1985 to benefit victims of famine in Ethiopia and the Live 8 concerts in 2005 for African debt relief. He has dedicated much of his career to advocating on behalf of humanitarian causes.

“I would only organize (Live Earth) if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations,” he told the newspaper. “They haven't got those guarantees, so it's just an enormous pop concert or the umpteenth time that, say, Madonna or Coldplay get up on stage.”

Mr. Geldof also criticized the Mr. Gore's choice of the name Live Earth.

“It sounds like Live 8,” he told the paper. “We're getting lots of responses from people who think we are organizing it.”

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