Live Earth concert, London

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Live Earth
The Live Earth London.
London Concert location
Location Wembley Stadium, London, England
Founded by Al Gore and Kevin Wall
Date July 7, 2007
Genre(s) Pop and Rock music
Website Live Earth UK Site
The London leg of Live Earth was held in Wembley Stadium

The Live Earth concert in the United Kingdom was held at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 7 July 2007.

Running order[edit]

Madonna and Eugene Hütz performing at the Live Earth concert.

In order of appearance:[1]

Metallica iTunes EP[edit]

On July 8, 2007, an EP containing audio tracks of Metallica's performances at Wembley Stadium was released exclusively on iTunes



In Britain, the BBC provided live television coverage of the show on BBC Two, followed by BBC One later on, BBC Radio 1, and BBC HD. The television coverage was presented by Jonathan Ross (who was joined in the studio by various celebrity attendees throughout the day), with Graham Norton and Edith Bowman backstage. Coverage commenced at 1:00PM BST on BBC Two and concluded at 5:20PM continuing on BBC One at 5:30PM.

In Ireland, RTÉ Two provided live coverage starting from 12:30PM until 7:00PM, and then again from 9:30PM until 6:00AM the following morning.

In Canada, CTVglobemedia provided uninterrupted live television coverage of the show on MuchMoreMusic. Highlights of the show were featured on CTV throughout the day.

In London, Angry Kid launched a music video called Gridlock. Angry Kid and the other characters sing the song, it's telling the story of how the kids were stuck in a traffic jam and everyone was fighting with each other. It was part of Aardman's Live Earth series. The video was created by Aardman Animations, and broadcasting on the BBC from Live Earth


MSN was responsible for the online broadcasting of the concert.

Media coverage[edit]

Chris Rock's explicit language during the (pre-watershed) introduction of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has already caused problems with Canadian TV networks and the BBC. Rock also used the word "nigger" while being interviewed on BBC One by Jonathan Ross, alongside Ricky Gervais. Rock called the crowd "motherfuckers" and Jonathan Ross had to apologize to the viewers. He was unrepentant in later NME interviews.[2]

The BBC missed the start of the Metallica set joining live halfway through the first song - then switched to Crowded House from Sydney just as they started to play "Enter Sandman". This resulted in 413 complaints from Metallica fans who watched the concert from home.[3]

Phil Collins sang during "Invisible Touch", "And though she will fuck up your life, you'll want her just the same." Collins has sung this as part of many Genesis concerts.[4] BBC presenter Jonathan Ross was required to apologize on air for the expletives used by Collins and Johnny Borrell and vowed to give them a "talking to".[5] The offensive language used by performers at the event and broadcast live before the watershed caused the BBC to be censured by the media regulator Ofcom.[6]


  1. ^ "Live Earth Timeline". BBC. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
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  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (2007-07-09). "Complaints over Live Earth swearing". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Foul-mouthed Start To Live Earth". Contact Music. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Live Earth swearing rap for BBC". BBC News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 

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