Talent in a Previous Life

Because It's Never Just About the Music

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Upd 8 

More news from the Live 8 front, as Bob Geldof changes the mission statement from "Raising the profile of African poverty" to "Getting every city in the world to simultaneously put on a bill consisting of largely mediocre acts, just for the hell of it.". In addition to the five gigs already announced, 4 more will now be carried out in Johannesburg, Tokyo, Toronto and The Eden Project in Cornwall. The line-ups for these have yet to be announced - although we'll put good money on both Alanis Morrisette and Avril Lavigne taking the call for the Toronto gig - but the Eden gig is being organised by Peter Gabriel and his WOMAD organisation and seems to be a sop to those who've been moaning, with some justification, that there's a distinct lack of African and, indeed, black artists in general amongst the line-up. Of course, quite how ghettoising them in a gig which will undoubtedly get little more than token nods throughout the coverage, rather than allowing them to be on the main stage where all the focus is, can be seen as a good thing is a question which will no doubt be ignored for the most part, but they're seen to be giving a shit, and that seems to be the overriding factor in everyone's involvement in this event.

Also announced is Edinburgh 50,000, which will take place on June 6th and will be the reward for the "million" people that Geldof genuinely expects will march on Scotland's capital. Some people have expressed concern that, with all the people arriving on mass in a city ill-equipped to cope with it, riots are pretty much an inevitability. With the shower of shit that consists of the line-up for the gig, we can only concur. If we'd traveled hundreds of miles only to be confronted with a Travis performance, we'd be rioting too. We'll have an in-depth look at the line-up for that as it currently stands in a moment, but first, let's have a look at a few additions to the other line-ups which have occurred since our original piece. We'll be adding these to the main article as well, but we figured we'd publish them separately so you don't have to rescour the article to find them, mainly because we don't reckon our jokes will stand up to a second reading. Hell, some of them didn't even stand-up to a first perusal. Anyway, here's what's new:-