50 Cent Drops Off Live 8 Bill — But Destiny’s Child And Linkin Park Sign On

Organizers also add African artists, more cities.

There will be no live rendition of “Candy Shop” during the Philadelphia edition of Bob Geldof’s Live 8, a follow-up to 1985′s Live Aid concert, which raised millions for famine relief efforts in Africa.

The thousands expected to flock to the City of Brotherly Love and congregate at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in little more than two weeks’ time won’t even be hearing “Just a Lil’ Bit.” That’s because 50 Cent has removed his name from the concert’s bill, just as more artists have been added.

A publicist for 50 Cent told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a scheduling conflict linked to the filming of the rapper’s forthcoming film, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” which is shooting in Toronto, has forced the New York native to pull out of the show.

However, organizers announced on Thursday (June 16) that Linkin Park and soon-to-split Destiny’s Child (see “Destiny’s Child Announce Split” ) have been added to the Philadelphia concert, which also features Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, P. Diddy, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan and the Dave Matthews Band, among others.

Geldof has organized five simultaneous Live 8 concerts for July 2, as a means to raise awareness about African debt relief (see “50 Cent, Jay-Z, Mariah, U2, Coldplay On Board For Massive Live Aid Sequel” ); the events precede the two-day G8 summit, which is set to begin on July 6 in Gleneagles, Scotland.

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While the G-Unit general is off the Live 8 bill, several artists have just been added. Organizers announced Wednesday that African musicians would stage a concert to coincide with the other Live 8 events, which had been criticized by Blur frontman Damon Albarn as being “too damn Anglo-Saxon” (see “Pink Floyd Get Roger Waters For Live 8; Green Day In For Berlin Show” ).

According to Reuters, Peter Gabriel is spearheading the show, dubbed Africa Calling. The concert will be held in Southwest England, at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour, West African singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Somalia-born vocalist Maryam Mursal and Salif Keita, called the “golden voice of Africa,” are all scheduled to perform.

And a seventh Live 8 show has been organized for July 6 in Edinburgh, Scotland; the concert will feature Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol, Dido and the Proclaimers. Live 8′s organizers announced Thursday that they’d be expanding the scope of the series to include gigs in Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Reuters. An official announcement — with lineups — is expected Friday.

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