Live 8 concert, London
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2 July 2005
The event is also referred to as "Live 8 London" or "Live 8 UK".
Lineup and songs
In order of appearance:
- Bob Geldof (Host) (HP 14:00)
- Overture: Paul McCartney with U2 – "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
- U2- "Beautiful Day"/"Blackbird", "Vertigo", "One"/"Unchained Melody" (HP 14:06)
- 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 (presenters) as their Little Britain characters Lou and Andy.
- Elton John – "The Bitch Is Back", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Children of the Revolution" (with Pete Doherty) (HP 15:01)
- Bob Geldof (Host) (HP 15:21)
- Bill Gates (presenter) (HP 15:25)
- Dido¹ – "White Flag" (Solo), "Thank You" and "7 Seconds" (both with Youssou N'Dour¹ ²) (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 (presenter) (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)
- Keane – "Somewhere Only We Know", "Bedshaped" (HP 17:09)
- Will Smith (presenter) in Philadelphia, USA (HP 17:29)
- Travis ² – "Sing", "Side"/"Stayin' Alive", "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (HP 17:49)
- Bob Geldof ² – "I Don't Like Mondays" (HP 18:09)
- Brad Pitt (presenter)(HP 18:19)
- Annie Lennox ² – "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 introduced 24-year-old Birhan Woldu, an Ethiopian student who was shown as a starving child in a video at Live Aid. (HP 19:43)
- Madonna – "Like a Prayer", "Ray of Light", "Music" (HP 19:49)
- Snow Patrol ² – "Chocolate", "Run" (HP 20:19)
- The Killers – "All These Things That I've Done" (HP 20:39)
- Joss Stone – "Super Duper Love", "I Had a Dream", "Some Kind of Wonderful" (HP 20:49)
- Scissor Sisters – "Laura", "Take Your Mama", "Everybody Wants the Same Thing" (HP 21:09)
- Velvet Revolver – "Do It for the Kids", "Fall To Pieces", "Mountain Song/Slither" (HP 21:29)
- Lenny Henry (presenter) (HP 21:49)
- Sting – "Message in a Bottle", "Driven To Tears", "Every Breath You Take" (with alternative lyrics) (HP 21:45)
- Dawn French (presenter) (HP 22:05)
- Mariah Carey – "Make It Happen", "Hero", "We Belong Together" (HP 22:09)
- David Beckham (presenter) (HP 22:29)
- Robbie Williams – "We Will Rock You", "Let Me Entertain You", "Feel", "Angels" (HP 22:33)
- Peter Kay – presenter, comedy, and a cappella excerpt of "Is This the Way to Amarillo" (HP 22:53)
- The Who – "Who Are You", "Won't Get Fooled Again" (HP 23:03)
- Pink Floyd³ – "Speak to Me"/"Breathe" segued with "Breathe (reprise)", "Money", "Wish You Were Here", "Comfortably Numb" (HP 23:23)
- Paul McCartney – "Get Back", "Drive My Car" (with George Michael), "Helter Skelter", "The Long and Winding Road"/"Hey Jude [refrain]" (HP 00:00)
¹ Also performing at the Paris show on 2 July 2005
² Also performing at the Edinburgh show on 6 July 2005
³ Guitarist David Gilmour was in Bryan Ferry's band at Live Aid. Prior to this event, Pink Floyd had not performed together with former band member Roger Waters since 1981. Others who had played Live Aid 20 years before were Bob Geldof, U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, The Who, George Michael and Madonna (who performed then at the Philadelphia concert).
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 (John, green), Adam Walters (George, orange), Joe Walters (Paul, blue) and Matt Gunner (Ringo, Pink). This is documented in "A Devil to Play," by Jasper Rees (Harper Collins, New York, 2009) on page 275.
Immediately following Travis' performance, Geldof told the audience, 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.
Both The Cure and Muse were originally listed on the Live 8 website, as appearing at the Live 8 London concert. During the December 2005 BBC TV documentary "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 of parties. In the end, both acts played the Paris Live 8 concert.
While being interviewed by Jo Whiley during the BBC Live 8 broadcast George Michael stated that he was to have performed a solo voice and piano version of his song "Praying For Time", but come the day of the concert chose not to appear as he was suffering from a very sore throat.
Some artists, such as Elton John, Coldplay, R.E.M. and U2, 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: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. This was the final occasion that these four performed together as Wright died on 15 September 2008 of cancer at the age of 65.
Originally scheduled to close at 9.30pm, the concert overran and went on until just after midnight, leaving many in the audience with no means of returning home.
As he had done at Live Aid 20 years previous 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 about 18:15 on BBC One, right up to the end of the concert at midnight. 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 veejays. 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.
In Australia a highlights show of around 3 hours length was broadcast on the night of the concert, AEST, on free to air Nine Network and full live coverage was broadcast on pay TV.
The Radio 1 coverage was anchored by Chris Moyles and Scott Mills, with interviews by Edith Bowman, Colin Murray, Sara Cox and Vernon Kay. There was alternative coverage on Radio 2, anchored by Chris Evans. Each station focussed on artists who matched the station's playlisting policy and target audience.
Most commercial radio stations in the UK took a programme produced by Capital FM for the day.
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.