Live 8 concert, London
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|Live 8 concerts and line-ups|
2 July 2005
All times BST
- Jonathan Ross, Rebecca Reynolds and Mitch Johnson (Introduction) (HP 14:00)
- Paul McCartney with U2 – "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (HP 14:03)
- U2 - "Beautiful Day"/"Blackbird", "Vertigo"/"Feuer Frei", "One"/"Unchained Melody" (HP 14:06)
- Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas - presenter, comedy, comparing the Live 8 UK introduction by Jonathan Ross with that of the Live Aid concert introduction by Richard Skinner (HP 14:31)
- Coldplay – "In My Place/Rockin' All Over the World (chorus)", "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (with Richard Ashcroft), "Fix You" (HP 14:41)
- David Walliams and Matt Lucas as Lou and Andy (presenters) (HP 14:58)
- Elton John – "The Bitch Is Back", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Children of the Revolution" (with Pete Doherty) (HP 15:02)
- Bob Geldof (Host) (HP 15:21)
- Bill Gates (presenter) (HP 15:25)
- Dido – "White Flag" (Solo), "Thank You" and "7 Seconds" (both with Youssou N'Dour) (HP 15:30)
- Stereophonics – "The Bartender and the Thief/Ace of Spades (chorus)", "Dakota", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Local Boy in the Photograph" (HP 15:50)
- Ricky Gervais and Vincent Reynolds (presenters) (HP 16:11)
- R.E.M. – "Imitation of Life", "Everybody Hurts", "Man on the Moon" (HP 16:15)
- Kofi Annan (presenter) (HP 16:35)
- Ms. Dynamite – "Dy-na-mi-tee", "Redemption Song" (HP 16:39)
- Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas and McFly (presenters) (HP 16:59)
- Keane – "Somewhere Only We Know", "Bedshaped" (HP 17:09)
- Will Smith (presenter) (HP 17:29)
- Travis – "Sing", "Side"/"Stayin' Alive", "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (HP 17:49)
- Bob Geldof – "I Don't Like Mondays" (HP 18:09)
- Brad Pitt (presenter) (HP 18:19)
- Annie Lennox – "Why", "Little Bird", "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (HP 18:23)
- UB40 – "Food For Thought", "Who You Fighting For?", "Reasons" (with Hunterz & The Dhol Blasters), "Red Red Wine", "Can't Help Falling in Love" (HP 18:43)
- Snoop Dogg – "Ups & Downs", "Drop It Like It's Hot", "Signs", "The Next Episode", "Who Am I (What's My Name?)" (HP 19:03)
- Razorlight – "1913 Massacre"/"Somewhere Else", "Golden Touch", "In The City" (HP 19:23)
- Bob Geldof, Rebecca Reynolds and Birhan Woldu (presenters) (HP 19:43)
- Madonna – "Like a Prayer", "Ray of Light", "Music" (HP 19:49)
- Vincent Reynolds, Kevin Reynolds and Steve Brooks (presenters) (HP 20:09)
- Snow Patrol – "Chocolate", "Run" (HP 20:19)
- The Killers – "All These Things That I've Done" (HP 20:39)
- Rebecca Reynolds - "Mr. Brightside", "Pure Shores" (with Shannon Brooks) (HP 20:45)
- Rebecca Reynolds and Shannon Brooks (presenters) (HP 21:05)
- Joss Stone – "Super Duper Love", "I Had a Dream", "Some Kind of Wonderful" (HP 21:10)
- Scissor Sisters – "Laura", "Take Your Mama", "Everybody Wants the Same Thing" (HP 21:30)
- Velvet Revolver – "Do It for the Kids", "Fall To Pieces", "Mountain Song/Slither" (HP 21:50)
- Lenny Henry (presenter) (HP 22:10)
- Sting – "Message in a Bottle", "Driven To Tears", "Every Breath You Take" (with alternative lyrics) (HP 22:14)
- Dawn French (presenter) (HP 22:34)
- Mariah Carey – "Make It Happen", "Hero" (with African Children's Choir), "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Chris Barrie on co-lead vocals and Sting on guitar), "We Belong Together" (with Chris Barrie on keyboard and Judy Flynn, Michael Burns and Julia St. John on backing vocals) (HP 22:38)
- Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas and Mariah Carey - presenters, comedy (with the cast of The Brittas Empire) (HP 22:58)
- Chris Barrie - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (with Peter Shilton, Ron Harris, George Cohen, Norman Hunter, Gareth Southgate, Martin Peters, David Beckham, Matt Le Tissier, Kevin Keegan, Geoff Hurst, Gary Lineker and Ron Atkinson) (HP 23:05)
- Gary McFadden - "The Irish Rover" (with Packie Bonner, Kevin Moran, Denis Irwin, Steve Staunton, Kenny Cunningham, Jason McAteer, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan, Andy Townsend, John Aldridge, Frank Stapleton and Jack Charlton) (HP 23:12)
- Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas and Mariah Carey - presenters, comedy (with the cast of The Brittas Empire and presenters of Live & Kicking) (HP 23:19)
- Chris Barrie - "Three Lions" (with David Beckham) (HP 23:30)
- Gary McFadden - "Put 'Em Under Pressure" (with Packie Bonner, Kevin Moran, Denis Irwin, Steve Staunton, Kenny Cunningham, Jason McAteer, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan, Andy Townsend, John Aldridge and Frank Stapleton) (HP 23:35)
- David Beckham (presenter) (HP 23:45)
- Robbie Williams – "We Will Rock You", "Let Me Entertain You", "Feel", "Angels" (HP 23:49)
- Peter Kay – presenter, comedy, and a cappella performance of "Is This the Way to Amarillo" (HP 00:09)
- The Who – "Who Are You", "Won't Get Fooled Again" (HP 00:19)
- Andi Peters, Emma Forbes, John Barrowman, Rebecca Reynolds and Kevin Reynolds (presenters) (HP 00:39)
- Pink Floyd – "Speak to Me"/"Breathe" segued with "Breathe (reprise)", "Money", "Wish You Were Here", "Comfortably Numb" (HP 00:41)
- Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and George Cohen (presenters) (HP 01:10)
- Paul McCartney – "Get Back", "Drive My Car" (with George Michael), "Helter Skelter", "The Long and Winding Road"/"Hey Jude [refrain]" (HP 01:15)
Performers who had played Live Aid 20 years before were Bob Geldof, U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, The Who, George Michael and Madonna.
The Brittas Empire characters that appeared on stage during actor Chris Barrie's performance at this event were Judy Flynn as Julie, Jill Greenacre as Linda, Tim Marriott as Gavin, Pippa Haywood as Helen, Julia St. John as Laura, Harriet Thorpe as Carole, Michael Burns as Colin, Russell Porter as Tim, Anouschka Menzies as Penny, Jonathon Norriss as Ben, Thomas Sangster as Mark, Harrison Oldroyd as Matthew, David Crean as Michael T. Farrell III and Stephen Churchett as Councillor Druggett.
The Live & Kicking presenters that appeared on stage during actor Chris Barrie's performance at this event were Andi Peters, Emma Forbes, John Barrowman, Trevor and Simon, Don Austen and John Eccleston as leprechauns Mr Sage & Mr Onion, Jamie Theakston, Zoe Ball, Steve Wilson, Emma Ledden, Ortis Deley, Katy Hill, Sarah Cawood, Trey Farley, Heather Suttie, Peter Simon, Barry Killerby as Mr Blobby and Mitch Johnson.
It had been said that Paul McCartney and U2's Bono would be wearing Sgt. Pepper costumes but in the event they were worn by a four-piece French horn section of free-lance London area French horn players Richard Steggall, Adam Walters, Joe Walters and Matt Gunner.
Immediately following Travis' performance, Bob Geldof told the audience that he "couldn't resist playing on this stage" and played the Boomtown Rats song "I Don't Like Mondays". He had earlier said that he did not deserve to play alongside the scheduled acts. Later, a girl called Rebecca took a similar spur of the moment decision to go on stage after The Killers's performance and do two songs, one solo and one with her cousin Shannon.
Both The Cure and Muse were originally listed on the Live 8 website as appearing at the Live 8 London concert. During a BBC TV documentary called The Live 8 Story, the names of both acts are visible on a provisional running order compiled during a production meeting between Geldof, Richard Curtis, Harvey Goldsmith and various other parties. In the end, both acts played the Paris Live 8 concert.
Some artists already had shows planned for 2 July which they performed after their performances at Live 8. Accordingly, they were not present for the "Hey Jude" grand finale.
During the "Hey Jude" finale Paul McCartney whispers in Mariah Carey's ear and she starts singing louder.
The event marked the first time in 24 years that Pink Floyd's seminal line-up would perform.
During Chris Barrie's sketch, Barrie performed a rendition of The Shirelles's song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which critics loved despite it being overshadowed by Robbie Williams' performance. Barrie's performance featured 11 footballers past and present and former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager and TV pundit Ron Atkinson on managerial duty.
During Barrie's sketch, a member of the audience called Gary appeared on stage, the reason being that he sneaked into the VIP area of Hyde Park as he could not drink alcohol because he had a concertgoer's ticket. Gary was accompanied on stage by his girlfriend and later wife Martina.
Originally scheduled to close at 9:30pm the concert overran and went on until 1.40am leaving many in the audience with no means of returning home.
As he had done at Live Aid 20 years previously Harvey Goldsmith appeared on stage to thank the audience for their patience with the late-running event and to make a closing appeal for people to leave slowly to avoid crushes.
Notable non-performing personalities backstage and in the audience included:
The BBC provided full television coverage in the UK, starting on BBC Two from 13:00 and continuing from 18:15 on BBC One, right up to the end of the concert at 01:40. The advertised changeover time was 16:15 disappointing many who had set video recorders accordingly.
350 complaints were made to the BBC about swearing before the 9pm watershed. The BBC apologised, however a spokesman said: "This is nothing, really. If EastEnders starts five minutes late we get close to 500 complaints".
In the US, MTV and VH1 provided intermittent and incomplete live and taped coverage, frequently breaking away mid-song for commercials or commentary by their VJs. This decision drew criticism from numerous viewers who viewed the commentary as being frivolous or inane and would have preferred to see the music acts themselves. However, AOL provided a full webcast of the entire show.
After the criticism of viewers, both VH1 and MTV showed many highlights of the Live 8 concerts on 9 July 2005 for 5 hours each without commercial interruption.
The Radio 1 coverage was presented by Chris Moyles, Scott Mills, Edith Bowman, Colin Murray, Sara Cox and Vernon Kay. There was alternative coverage on Radio 2 presented by Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary. Each station focussed on artists who matched the station's playlisting policy and target audience. The Radio 5 Live coverage was presented by Brian Alexander, Phil Williams and Aasmah Mir. The coverage also focused on the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh and the Wimbledon Women's Singles Final.
In the US, XM Satellite Radio broadcast the concert in its entirety.
BBC Big Screens
The BBC also had live coverage on big screens across the UK.
People who were watching the event in Cardiff were able to watch the event in HDTV on a 17 ft wide screen; this is believed to be the first ever live public relay of HD in Europe.
AOL's music channel included a live video stream. The BBC were also streaming a radio show from the live event over the Internet via BBCi service, alongside various video clips.