7 September 2005
EXCLUSIVE: LIVE 8: FINAL CUT
22 songs slashed off DVD... but swearing stays in full
By Cameron Robertson
A QUARTER of songs from the Live 8 concert have been cut from the new DVD - but the stars' swearing has been kept in.
Seventy-seven songs were played at London's Hyde Park concert in July - a global call to end poverty in Africa.
But 22 - by some of the biggest names in music - have been axed in the four-disc set on sale on November 7.
Songs ditched include Dido's White Flag and Thank You, REM's Imitation of Life, Keane's Bedshaped, Travis's Side/Stayin' Alive and Snow Patrol's Chocolate.
Other binned tunes are Joss Stone's I Had a Dream, Scissor Sisters' Everybody Wants The Same Thing and two from Velvet Revolver - Do It For The Kids and Slither. Mariah Carey's We Belong Together was also cut.
The worst victims are The Stereophonics, whose four songs are reduced to one, and UB40 whose five-tune medley has been chopped to two.
But performances by U2 and Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Elton John, The Who and Pink Floyd all remain intact.
A Live 8 DVD spokeswoman insisted the cuts were for time reasons because material from the other gigs in Philadelphia, Rome, Berlin and Paris is being added.
She said: "It was a very long concert and we have added a lot from the other global concerts. Any editing is for time purposes otherwise it would have been the longest DVD in the world."
However, swearing by rapper Snoop Dog, Madonna and Razorlight's Johnny Borrell will stay in the DVD, which will be exempt from classification. In July, the BBC apologised for the foul language which sparked 350 complaints.
It was just 7.20pm when Madonna yelled: "Are you f***ing ready London?"
Borrell screamed: "Sign the f***ing petition" and rapper Snoop Dogg repeatedly chanted: "Motherf***er". The spokeswoman added: "The DVD has been edited more for time rather than for language. Its editor says Snoop's set is there is its full glory and we think Madonna's will be too. It's as true to the gig as possible.""
Big name guests have also been cut, including England Captain David Beckham and Hollywood star Brad Pitt.
But some could get a last-minute reprieve as the final DVD running time has not been finalised. The concert lasted 10 hours, from 2pm to midnight.
Organiser Bob Geldof said: "I hope this will be the biggest-selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be.
"More importantly, perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty."
A percentage of the royalties will go to the Band Aid Trust to help Africa.