With just four days to go before the big event, Live 8 is still adding artists — and even a concert, finally nailing down a show in the last G8 nation left on its list.
Moscow has joined the roster of shows taking place on Saturday, aimed at pressuring the leaders of the world’s eight industrial powers to relieve debt and offer more aid to Africa (see “50 Cent Drops Off Live 8 Bill — But Destiny’s Child And Linkin Park Sign On” ). The concert in Red Square will be headlined by the Pet Shop Boys, who will be joined by a number of Russian bands, including Bravo, B-2, Moral Code X, Spleen and Valery Sutkin.
Also signing on for the cause is soul legend James Brown, who will perform on July 6 at the free concert in Murrayfield, Scotland, on the first day of the G8 summit in nearby Gleneagles. Brown joins a bill that will also feature Snow Patrol, Travis and Texas, according to a BBC News report.
And the lineup for the Tokyo show at Makuhari Messe has finally been unveiled, with headline spots by Björk and Good Charlotte, joined by Def Tech, Dreams Come True, McFly, Do as Infinity and Rize.
Due to the overwhelming response in England, organizers announced Tuesday (June 28) that they will release another 55,000 tickets for the show in London’s Hyde Park. The tickets will give fans the chance to watch the show featuring Coldplay, Paul McCartney, a reunited Pink Floyd and U2 on giant screens (see “Pink Floyd Get Roger Waters For Live 8; Green Day In For Berlin Show” ). The addition brings the potential live audience for the show to more than 200,000.
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Meanwhile, the promoter of the German Live 8 concert — which has been moved from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Siegessäule — is complaining that stingy German companies are not stepping up to support the show, according to Reuters.
“It is a disgrace that German business does not recognize the relevance of this event and has not gotten involved,” promoter Marek Lieberberg said of the show featuring Green Day, Brian Wilson and Audioslave. “The German event in Berlin will be financed solely by foreign sponsors, and I find that embarrassing and shocking.”
Free concerts will also be held in G8 nations Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. on Saturday, augmented by a concert in Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a smaller show in England featuring African bands.
MTV, mtvU and VH1 will broadcast from Live 8 beginning at noon on Saturday (see “Live 8 Concerts Will Air On MTV, VH1″ ).
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