London’s Hyde Park, Circus Maximus in Rome and the Museum of Art in Philadelphia are among the venues for Live 8, a series of concerts being organized by Bob Geldof, the driving force behind the 1985 Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns for African famine relief.
The July 2 concerts, which will be free, also will be held near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and in Paris.
“We don’t want people’s money. We want them,” Geldof told a news conference Tuesday. He said negotiations for the Paris venue were continuing.
Performers will include Coldplay, Madonna, Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 in London; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy in Philadelphia; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome.
The events are aimed at raising awareness of poverty in developing countries just days before G8 leaders meet in Britain.
Geldof said the G8 meeting provided a “unique opportunity for Britain to do something unparalleled in the world to tilt the world a little bit on its axis in favor of the poor.”
Elton John, who sat beside Geldof at the news conference, said he was very proud to be involved.”
“Now I’m fully aware of what’s going on and seeing the injustices going on,” John said. The 58-year-old pop star said he hadn’t been mature enough to appreciate the last concert 20 years ago and its ramifications.
source : associated press
Internet auction site eBay have refused to sell a pair of knickers once worn by Madonna.
The owner of an Aberdeen lap-dancing club tried to flog the silk girdle-style pants worn in the star’s film Body Of Evidence.
But the internet site banned the sale because the underwear had been used.
Tony Cochrane paid £800 for the pants, which were won by the star during a steamy sex scene in the film.
He kept them in a glass case on the wall in his Private Eyes club, alongside an autographed picture of the famous scene.
But when he decided to sell them during a club refit two weeks ago, he was shocked to discover that eBay cancelled the auction.
Tony said: ‘We bought the pants in 1998.
‘We thought they would be good for the club, as we had a picture of Madonna wearing them.
‘They fitted in with the theme of the club.
‘Our customers were thrilled to see them alongside undergarments from Striptease, Showgirl, True Lies and Baywatch.’
Tony said he was flooded with offers when he put the pants up for sale on the net.
He said: ‘After five days, we had an offer of £1000 from a buyer in the US.’
But his plans were scuppered when he received an email saying that the auction had been terminated, as the site ‘does not permit the sale of any used undergarments’.
He said: ‘I don’t even think we can wash them and put them on sale. But we have received a private offer to buy them.
source : daily record
Two decades after the original Live Aid, when rock stars descended on Philadelphia and London to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, singer-activist Bob Geldof is planning another star-studded, humanitarian event.
Live 8 is set for Saturday, July 2, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a city spokeswoman said. The event will coincide with a second show in London, publicist Laura Perez told The Philadelphia Inquirer for Sunday’s editions.
Details, including the lineup and other possible venues, remain secret. They are expected to be unveiled Tuesday morning at joint press conferences in Philadelphia and London, according to Perez, who is handling the press event.
The name “Live 8″ is a nod to the G-8 summit, a meeting of the world’s leading powers, set to start days later in Scotland. Geldof has pressed for the world’s wealthiest countries to do more to fight famine and poverty in Africa.
Live Aid, held July 13, 1985 at the former JFK Stadium in South Philadelphia, brought Mick Jagger, Madonna, Tina Turner and other stars to town while others performed at Wembley Stadium in London. The effort raised tens of millions of dollars for Ethiopia.
“What started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks,” Geldof told the BBC on Thursday. “There’s more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis.”
The singer Sting has confirmed that he will take part in the event.
“Bob called me up and said I was doing it,” Sting said. “He doesn’t ask you, he tells you.”
The concert will add to an already packed holiday weekend in Philadelphia, where an AIDS-relief concert headlined by Elton John is set for July 4 on the parkway, and three nights of varied lineups are scheduled at Penn’s Landing beside the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Orchestra is scheduled there on July 1 and Ruben Studdard and Stephanie Mills on July 2.
City officials hope tourists might extend their planned stays to take in Live 8, the Elton John concert and other events.
“This will really enhance our Fourth of July,” said Deborah Bolling, a spokeswoman to Mayor John F. Street.
source : associated press
Sir Elton John has hit out at Madonna again – by warning fans she will probably not perform at this year’s Live 8 charity concert because she would rather attend a Kabbalah meeting.
The Rocket Man criticised the Material Girl last year for miming during her Re-Invention tour.
And now he has resumed their war of words, by accusing Madonna of caring more about her religious meetings than aiding poverty relief in Africa by singing at the fund-raising gig.
He says, “She’s probably got a bl**dy Kabbalah meeting instead.”
source : contactmusic
Madonna appears in the top 10 of a survey commissioned by the UK based Carling to celebrate the Britain’s live music scene and that lists the 10 best live solo artists of all time. The 2 different created lists, ‘Best Live Solo Artist Of All Time’ and ‘Best Album Of All Time’ go as follow:
BEST LIVE SOLO ARTIST OF ALL TIME
1. Robbie Williams
2. David Bowie
4. Elvis Presley
5. Elton John
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Paul Weller
9. Michael Jackson
10. Bob Dylan
BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME
1. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
2. Nirvana – Nevermind
3. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
4. Radioheads – The Bends
5. Coldplay – Parachutes
6. The Beatles – Revolver
7. U2 – Joshua Tree
8. Guns ‘N’ Roses – Appetite for destruction
9. Madonna – Like A Prayer
10. Stereophonics – Performance & Cocktails
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from Madonna.com : Urgent! Stop the presses! This just in . . . Madonna is calling all ICONers for help with a special cause. On June 7 in New York City, Madonna is hosting a party at Bergdorf Goodman’s that benefits UNICEF. It is very important that we get the word out about the power of UNICEF’s charitable work. Madonna has requested that an ICON special reporter be selected from the fan club to attend this event and write a story for ICON magazine & Madonna.com The ICON special reporter will work amongst international press as they cover this very important party. Visit Madonna.com for more info.
If you haven’t heard that Madonna is back in the studio recording, then you might be living under a rock! Chatter & speculation about the new album has been non-stop. What will be the theme of the album? Who does Madonna collaborate with? When will the album be released? Fans everywhere are dying to find out the truth. At this time, Madonna.com can confirm that Madonna is busy in the studio collaborating with new producers that she has never worked with before. Can’t confirm any names yet, but stay tuned to Madonna.com for more insider information.
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