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      DVD to forget some songs:

      TRAVIS, KEANE, REM and DIDO are among a host of acts whose songs have been written out of Live 8 history - after organisers axed 22 tunes from the official DVD of the London leg of July's (05) charity extravaganza.

      Songs which failed to make the final cut include DIDO's WHITE FLAG, REM's IMITATION OF LIFE and KEANE's BEDSHAPED. Welsh rockers THE STEREOPHONICS were the worst hit with three of their tracks hitting the cutting room floor.

      Megastars MADONNA, SIR ELTON JOHN, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and PINK FLOYD had all their songs included.

      A spokeswoman for the Live 8 DVD says, "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."

      Organiser SIR BOB GELDOF says, "I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be."

      A percentage of the royalties will go to the Band Aid Trust to help relieve poverty in Africa.

        I am disappointed by that.

          I am disappointed too. The Stereophonics were brilliant. And I thought Dido's performance was fantastic (even though I not the biggest fan of hers but have real respect for her work). Travis...... well thats annoying now if they are going to be cut or bits cut.

            Live 8 DVD track listing:

            Disc One:

            "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney and U2
            "Beautiful Day," U2
            "Vertigo," U2
            "One," U2
            "In My Place," Coldplay
            "Bittersweet Symphony," Coldplay with Richard Ashcroft
            "Fix You," Coldplay
            "The Bitch Is Back," Elton John
            "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," Elton John
            "Children of the Revolution," Elton John with Pete Doherty
            "7 Seconds," Dido and Youssou N'Dour
            "Bartender and the Thief," Stereophonics
            "Everybody Hurts," R.E.M.
            "Man on the Moon," R.E.M.
            "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee," Ms Dynamite
            "Somewhere Only We Know," Keane
            "Where Is the Love," Black Eyed Peas
            "Let's Get It Started," Black Eyed Peas
            "Get Up Stand Up," Black Eyed Peas with Stephen Marley
            "Wild Boys," Duran Duran (Rome)
            "I Don't Like Mondays," Bob Geldof
            "Time Is Running Out," Muse (Paris)
            "Sing," Travis
            "I Predict a Riot," Kaiser Chiefs
            "Everyday I Love You Less and Less," Kaiser Chiefs
            "Reasons," UB40 with Hunterz and the Dohl Blasters
            "Red Red Wine," UB40
            "American Idiot," Green Day (Berlin)
            "Signs," Snoop Dogg
            "Who Am I (What's My Name)?," Snoop Dogg
            "Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi
            "Why," Annie Lennox
            "Sweet Dreams," Annie Lennox

            Disc Two:

            "Survivor," Destiny's Child
            "Girl," Destiny's Child
            "Somewhere Else," Razorlight
            "Golden Touch," Razorlight
            "All for Love," Bryan Adams (Toronto)
            "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," Kanye West
            "Like a Prayer," Madonna
            "Ray of Light," Madonna
            "Music," Madonna
            "Getting' Jiggy Wit It," Will Smith
            "Switch," Will Smith
            "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," Will Smith
            "Good Vibrations," Brian Wilson (Berlin)
            "Run," Snow Patrol
            "Stays in Mexico," Toby Keith
            "All These Things That I've Done," The Killers
            "American Baby," Dave Matthews Band
            "Bad Day," Daniel Powter (Berlin)
            "In the End," Linkin Park
            "Numb," Linkin Park with Jay-Z
            "Super Duper Love," Joss Stone
            "Some Kind of Wonderful," Joss Stone
            "Show You Love," Jars of Clay
            "Laura," Scissor Sisters
            "Take Your Mama," Scissor Sisters
            "For All We Know," Alicia Keys
            "Fall to Pieces," Velvet Revolver
            "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Def Leppard
            "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?," Jet (Toronto)
            "Angel," Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban
            "Message in a Bottle," Sting
            "Driven to Tears," Sting
            "Every Breath You Take," Sting

            Disc Three:

            "Make It Happen," Mariah Carey
            "Hero," Mariah Carey
            "When You Come Back," Vusi Mahlasela (Johannesburg)
            "Do the Strand," Roxy Music (Berlin)
            "This Love," Maroon 5
            "She Will Be Loved," Maroon 5
            "Four Strong Winds," Neil Young (Toronto)
            "Go West," Pet Shop Boys (Moscow)
            "We Will Rock You," Robbie Williams
            "Let Me Entertain You," Robbie Williams
            "Feel," Robbie Williams
            "Angels," Robbie Williams
            "Somebody Like You," Keith Urban
            "Twenty Years," Placebo (Paris)
            "Lonely No More," Rob Thomas
            "We Come 1," Faithless (Berlin)
            "Master Blaster (Jammin')," Stevie Wonder
            "Higher Ground," Stevie Wonder and Rob Thomas
            "Signed Sealed Delivered," Stevie Wonder and Adam Levine
            "So What the Fuss," Stevie Wonder
            "Superstition," Stevie Wonder
            "Who Are You?," The Who
            "Won't Get Fooled Again," The Who
            "Speak to Me," Pink Floyd
            "Breathe," Pink Floyd
            "Money," Pink Floyd
            "Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd
            "Comfortably Numb," Pink Floyd
            "Get Back," Paul McCartney
            "Drive My Car," Paul McCartney and George Michael
            "Helter Skelter," Paul McCartney
            "The Long and Winding Road," Paul McCartney
            "Hey Jude," Finale

            Disc Four: Extras

            Highlights from the July 6th Murrayfield concert in Edinburgh
            "All About You," McFly (Tokyo)
            "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," Good Charlotte (Tokyo)
            "Love Love Love," Dreams Come True (Tokyo)
            "All Is Full of Love," Bjork (Tokyo)
            "Who Are You?"(film), The Who
            "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"(film), Travis
            "Enjoy the Day," Ricky Gervais
            Behind the Scenes at Hyde Park
            Pink Floyd rehearsal

            http://music.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1046367.php/Live_8_DVD_expected_this_fall_plus_track_details

              Thanks for posting that.

                Sounds like it will still be worth buying

                  which song was it where Bono started singing blackbird right in the middle of one of their other songs? it was out of the blue and he started by saying Paul McCartney is a gift to the world and then broke into the song. it was a magical moment...I hope that is on the dvd.

                    koreatoes:which song was it where Bono started singing blackbird right in the middle of one of their other songs? it was out of the blue and he started by saying Paul McCartney is a gift to the world and then broke into the song. it was a magical moment...I hope that is on the dvd.

                    Sure, it was magical!!! I hope too that it is on the dvd, because at that moment when Bono is saying that, you see me close-up on the screen. I was standing in the first row with a friend.

                      Wonder if they'll include Pauls interview with Jonathan Ross?

                      Thats a shame about Travis and Stereophonics they were two of the better live bands IMO - . I guess Geldof is looking at sales and wanting more of the big names on there and timming what he considers 'lulls'.

                      They reallly should have cut

                      Children of the Revolution with Elton and the waste of space that is Pete Doherty - it was worse than awful and Doherty should never have been in the line up in the first place when you think of all the great bands and artists weren't nvited to be a part of this event :

                      Good to get details of the DVD contents - don't think I'll be buying this. Live 8 has served its purpose in raising awareness.

                        Live 8
                        DVD
                        Featuring Various Artists

                        Four months after the Live 8 concerts were staged the DVD has hit the shelves just in time for the holiday season. If you have lived under a rock this past year Live 8 was a series of concerts held in conjunction with the Make Poverty History campaign on July 2nd and July 6th. The goal was to pressure leaders of the world?s eight most powerful economic nations to increase aid, negotiate fair trade and drop the debts of the world?s poorest countries.

                        Many of the world?s most popular musicians and public figures took part in the events, which was approximately seen and heard by 3 billion people across the globe. Though heavily criticized by many as serving as promotional tool for artists to sell their music, the Live 8 events were successful in the fact that they drew the west?s attention to the G8 summit that was being held at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland from July 6-8.

                        The four-disc set features 10 hours of concert footage, 120 performances, unseen footage, live messages, audio options, subtitles for the spoken word sections and a booklet consisting of essays from concert organizer Bob Geldof and writer Paul Vallely. For more information on the Live 8 DVD collection visit www.live8livedvd.com. All proceeds from DVD sales will go to the Band Aid Charitable Trust for African Relief.

                        The Review

                        Disc 1

                        Focusing mainly on the London show, disc 1 of the Live 8 DVD showcases a wide array of performances from mainly U.K. artists but select performances from Rome, Paris, Berlin and Philadelphia are also featured. The most memorable shows come courtesy of the ever-inspiring U2 who kicked things off with Paul McCartney for a rocking rendition of the Beatles classic ?Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band?.

                        British hip hop queen Ms. Dynamite puts on a good show while Will Smith?s snapping finger demonstration (which demonstrated that a child dies every three seconds of extreme poverty) reminded the crowd why these concerts were being held. British act The Kaiser Chiefs rocked Philadelphia and Annie Lennox?s stirring solo rendition of her hit song ?Why? that ran in congruence with a heartfelt video featuring HIV inflicted individuals was an emotional highlight.

                        My faults with disc 1, as with the entire DVD is the editing of performances. They could have cut one Coldplay song out and another from Elton John and added more Ms. Dynamite and Green Day who both have only one song apiece featured in the whole set. I also cannot figure out why Geldof?s performance of ?I Don?t Like Mondays? was included. This is an individual whose recording career has been non-existent for over twenty years and like Live Aid in 1985, Geldof?s inclusion feels tacked on rather than necessary.

                        Most memorable moment: Annie Lennox?s performance

                        Moment of shame: Drug poster boy Pete Doherty?s lacklustre duet with Elton John.

                        Disc 2

                        Picking up where disc 1 left off, the second disc in the set once again heavily features performances from the London and Philadelphia shows. Flipping back and forth from performer to performer and concert to concert, disk 2 is prominently more diverse in its artist selection than the first disc. Kanye West puts in a high intense show in Philadelphia (only one song?), Will Smith?s harmless raps entertained the Philly crowd and Sarah McLachlan put on an emotional performance singing her sadly beautiful song ?Angel.? The Scissor Sisters were as quirky as ever playing in London and former Police frontman Sting modified the lyrics to his 1983 smash hit ?Every Breath You Take? singing ?We?ll be Watching You? in regards to the G8 leaders whose images adorned the stage and video screen behind the British singer.

                        The tragedy of extreme poverty became more apparent as Geldof played the Canadian Broadcast Corporation?s video of the 1985 Ethiopian famine that aired at the original Live Aid and featured a young child on the verge of death named Birhan Woldu. Geldof then surprised the crowd by bringing Woldu out where the now-young attractive woman embraced and kissed singer Madonna creating what was easily the most momentous moment of the entire Live 8 event. At that instance the concert switched from being just another awkward love and music peacefest to an event of tremendous significance.

                        Most memorable moment: Birhan Woldu?s appearance

                        Moment of shame: Seeing Paris Hilton singing along with Velvet Revolver?s set at the London concert. Does she have to be everywhere?

                        Disc 3

                        With the exception of the Africa Calling concert held at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, Disc 3 documents the remaining hours of the Live 8 concerts that were held on July 2. Brilliant performances from the likes of a fragile Neil Young in Canada playing his first official gig since his brain aneurysm and African artist Vusi Mahlasela from Johannesburg are early highlights while Robbie Williams? commanding set in London revealed just how popular this guy is overseas (and how unknown he is on this side of the pond).

                        What everyone was anticipating though was the reunion of Pink Floyd who shortly before the concert announced a one off reunion just for Live 8?the group?s first appearance as a foursome since 1981. I?ve never been a huge fan of Floyd but seeing Roger Waters on stage with the three other members of the band was a satisfying moment. It was reported that the reunion caused a huge jump in Pink Floyd album sales but the band, unwilling to profit off the reunion show, donated all royalties to charity.

                        In Philadelphia, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox Twenty fame) and Adam Levine from Maroon 5 joined up with funk-soul legend Stevie Wonder for the closing of that concert while in London Paul McCartney was joined onstage by dozens of performers for a rendition of ?Hey Jude? too close that edition. It was the typical ending you?ve seen at any all-star concert event (Live Aid, The Freddie Mercury Benefit, Farm Aid) and though it was a little cheesy it seemed a fitting way to wrap it up.

                        Most memorable moment: Pink Floyd?s first performance as a quartet in 24 years

                        Moment of shame: Robbie Williams? rendition of Queen?s sports anthem ?We Will Rock You.?. Mr. Williams is no Freddie Mercury.

                        Disc 4

                        Described as ?The Final Push,? Live 8 in Edinburgh was held four days after the other concerts on July 6, coinciding with the opening of the G8 Summit being held at Gleneagles. Annie Lennox makes her second appearance with a rocking rendition of ?Sisters Are Doin? it for Themselves,? and Bob Geldof finally plays something other than ?I Don?t like Mondays? when he treats the crowd to the Scottish folk song ?The Great Song of Indifference.?

                        Live 8 concert co-organizer Midge Ure makes an appearance singing the Ultravox hit ?Vienna? to an enthusiastic crowd at Murrayfield Stadium. Ure of course co-wrote, with Geldof, the Band Aid hit ?Do they Know It?s Christmas Time? and was a member of such popular European acts as The Rich Kids, Ultravox and Thin Lizzy.

                        Most memorable moment: Bono on stage holding the box that contained the CD of the Live 8 list featuring 38 million signatures.

                        Moment of shame: U.K. Pop Idol winner Will Young?s performance with James Brown. The world doesn?t need another Justin Timberlake; frankly one is too many.

                        Extras

                        Found on disc 4, the extras really don?t go into any depth or offer any insights and surprises. I would have liked to see more performances and backstage footage included from all the ten concerts. A documentary on how Live 8 came to be and another on the severity of poverty in Africa would have been proper additions.

                        There are a couple of short films included, the second one--played out to a Travis song-- reveals how much the western world spends on things like candy, jeans, sneakers, fast food, alcohol, pornography and cigarettes compared to foreign aid given to the poorer nations in the world. It?s a disturbing realization that cannot help but make you feel guilty.

                        Summary

                        With the insurmountable task of summarizing the global event of Live 8 on DVD, Bob Geldof decided to lean heavily on established stars from the U.K and the U.S. The DVD tries to include as much as possible within in a limited time frame (10 hour running length) but fails in its attempt for diversity. Much of the footage focuses on the London and Philadelphia concerts while Berlin, Rome, Canada, Moscow and Johannesburg are regulated to occasional appearances.

                        Geldof?s not dumb; London and Philadelphia were featured prominently because having the most popular artists on one disc set will result in higher DVD sales, which means more money to the Band Aid trust to fight extreme poverty in Africa. Special DVD editions are also available for the Rome, Berlin, Cornwall, Canada, and Paris shows. Sometime in the future possibly before Christmas next year, the Philadelphia and London shows will be available separately in their entirety.

                        Overall Live 8 on DVD will satisfy those looking for highlights only, which the DVD is packed full of?but for those individuals keen on watching a more comprehensive compilation or those who live in a country who served as host for one of the shows that were relatively ignored by this set, pick up one of the individual concert DVDs, they offer a more complete package.

                        ***1/2 stars out of 5 stars.

                        Originally posted December 7, 2005 at: http://dvd.monstersandcritics.com/reviews/article_1067232.php/DVD_Review_Live_8