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Live 8 will be released on DVD!!!

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      I just got an email from signing up with the live 8 dvd website that Live 8 will be released in the U.S. on November 8th (Nov 7th elsewhere).

      Woooooo.

        LonelyRoad:I just got an email from signing up with the live 8 dvd website that Live 8 will be released in the U.S. on November 8th (Nov 7th elsewhere).

        Woooooo.

        Fantastic! No long huge wait this time (unlike Live Aid).
        Can't wait to have the Pink Floyd set. And Paul of course!! Paul & Bono.

          WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! (I was hoping that it would)!!

            I hope that they keep the between song chatter. Mariah Carey was such a diva - asking for a sip of water and a mike stand. Her voice was amazing, tho, and you have to respect a veteran who comes back with a track that is no. 1 for three months.

              dma:I hope that they keep the between song chatter. Mariah Carey was such a diva - asking for a sip of water and a mike stand. Her voice was amazing, tho, and you have to respect a veteran who comes back with a track that is no. 1 for three months.

              I agree; I do like that song, although it never made number 1 over here.

                Ah that would be great. Ill have to politely ask Father Christmas if he can give it to me.

                  I'll get that! However, I haven't finished watching the Live Aid one yet!

                    Great! Another DVD I need.

                      DSolzman:Great! Another DVD I need.

                      I know what you mean!!

                        here's the site with a countdown http://www.live8livedvd.com/

                          Holy mackerel what a line-up!

                            will it have the entire set of paul? can't wait to see Floyd, this will be a big seller. I would have thought it would be released Christmas time so kudos to Bob and the team. by rights this should end up as the biggest selling music DVD of all time, It is one hell of a show

                              One Day. One Concert. One World.

                              On July 2nd 2005, nine cities took part in Live 8. Over 150 artists played in front of 2 million spectators, across 4 continents. The earth had never seen anything like it! Timed to coincide with the G8 summit meeting in Scotland, Live 8 directly called for eight leaders to double aid, fully cancel debt, and deliver trade justice for Africa; in short, to start making poverty history in 2005.

                              Additional features include footage from the July 6th Edinburgh concert; unseen backstage and documentary material plus the Live 8 message films.

                              Disc 1:

                              1. Paul McCartney & U2 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
                              2. U2 - Beautiful Day / Vertigo / One
                              3. Coldplay - In My Place / Bittersweet Symphony (with Richard Ashcroft) / Fix You
                              4. Elton John - The Bitch Is Back / Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
                              5. Elton John with Pete Doherty - Children Of The Revolution
                              6. Dido & Youssou N'Dour - 7 seconds
                              7. Stereophonics - The Bartender And The Thief
                              8. R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts / Man In On The Moon
                              9. Miss Dynamite - Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
                              10. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
                              11. Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love / Let's Get It Started / Get Up Stand Up (w/ Rita & Stephen Marley)
                              12. Duran Duran - Wild Boys (Rome)
                              13. Bob Geldof - I Don't Like Mondays
                              14. Muse - Time Is Running Out (Paris)
                              15. Travis - Sing
                              16. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot / Every Day I Love You Less And Less
                              17. UB40 - Reasons (with Hunterz & The Dhol Blasters) / Red Red Wine
                              18. Green Day - American Idiot (Berlin)
                              19. Snoop Dogg - Signs / Who Am I (What's My Name)?
                              20. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
                              21. Annie Lennox - Why / Sweet Dreams

                              Disc 2:

                              1. Destiny's Child - Survivor / Girl
                              2. Razorlight - Somewhere Else / Golden Touch
                              3. Bryan Adams - All For Love
                              4. Kanye West - Diamonds From Sierra Leone
                              5. CBC Ethiopian Famine Film
                              6. Madonna - Like A Prayer / Ray Of Light / Music
                              7. Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It / Switch / The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
                              8. Brian Wilson - Good Vibrations (Berlin)
                              9. Snow Patrol - Run
                              10. Toby Keith - Stays In Mexico
                              11. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
                              12. Dave Matthews Band - American Baby
                              13. Daniel Powter - Bad Day (Berlin)
                              14. Linkin Park - In The End / Numb (with Jayz-Z)
                              15. Joss Stone - Super Duper Love / Some Kind Of Wonderful
                              16. Jars of Clay - Show You Love
                              17. Scissor Sisters - Laura / Take Your Mama
                              18. Alicia Keys - For All We Know
                              19. Velvet Revolver - Fall To Pieces
                              20. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
                              21. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Toronto)
                              22. Sarah McLachlan & Josh Groban - Angel
                              23. Sting - Message In A Bottle / Driven To Tears / Every Breath You Take

                              Disc 3:

                              1. Mariah Carey - Make It Happen / Hero
                              2. Vusi Mahlasela - When You Come Back (Jo'burg)
                              3. Roxy Music - Do The Strand (Berlin)
                              4. Maroon 5 - This Love / She Will Be Loved
                              5. Neil Young - Four Strong Winds (Toronto)
                              6. Pet Shop Boys - Go West (Moscow)
                              7. Robbie Williams - We Will Rock You / Let Me Entertain You / Feel / Angels
                              8. Keith Urban - Somebody Like You
                              9. Placebo - Twenty Years (Paris)
                              10. Rob Thomas - Lonely No More
                              11. Faithless - We Come 1 (Berlin)
                              12. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin') / Higher Ground (with Rob Thomas) / Signed Sealed Delivered (with Adam Levine) / So What 13. The Fuss / Superstition
                              14. The Who - Who Are You / Won't Get Fooled Again
                              15. Pink Floyd - Speak To Me / Breathe / Money / Wish You Were Here / Comfortably Numb
                              16. Paul McCartney - Get Back / Drive My Car (with George Michael) / Helter Skelter / The Long And Winding Road / Hey Jude

                                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

                                  The Battle Rages On: American Rock Bands vs. British Rock Bands

                                  After watching Live 8 this past weekend on television and on the Internet I was startled to notice the lack of American rock bands performing the event. I thought to my myself they must have either turned down the invitation, couldn?t fit on to any of the already full bills or there really are not any significant, with the exception of a few, American rock bands in mainstream music today. Linkin Park and the Dave Matthews Band performed in Philadelphia, Velvet Revolver in London and Audioslave and Green Day played Berlin. These are all current high selling American rock acts but the headliners of the day were the U.K. acts like Pink Floyd, U2, The Who, and Coldplay.

                                  The debate between American rock and British rock has been going on since The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time over 40 years ago. U.K. writer Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph recently wrote an article entitled ?Why British Bands Are the Best at Being Big.? giving his take on the British vs. American argument. In the article McCormick stated ?The history of rock can be viewed as a kind of cultural interplay between the US and the UK, with fantastic bands from both sides of the pond influencing and interacting with one another, often with an impact far outreaching their sales.?

                                  In the 1960?s, the U.K. had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many other British Invasion acts while the States had The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and The Doors. Into the seventies and the birth of stadium rock, the U.K boasted such stadium fillers as Queen, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin as well as punk rockers The Sex Pistols. The Americans returned the favour with Aersomith, KISS, The Eagles and their greatest punk band The Ramones.

                                  Aerosmith is sometimes called the greatest American band off all-time having been around for over thirty years experiencing success that only a select few American rock acts experience. Concerning Aerosmith?s title of being America?s greatest rock band McCormick asked the question, ?Is that really the best America can do?? In the recent Rolling Stone ?Immortals? edition where artists write about legendary rock and roll performers of the past and present; current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash wrote ?Aerosmith had an aggressive, psychotic, drugged-out vibe, but at the same time they had a Stones-y blues thing going on. There was just nothing cooler than Aerosmith coming out of America at that point. What else was there? Foghat.?

                                  But it must be pointed out that America has had its share of solo performers that rival the best of the British bands. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and many more are equally if not greater than any act to come out of the U.K.

                                  Last year MSNBC released their version of the top 10 best rock bands ever putting the Beatles number one followed by The Stones at number two and U2 and three. Out of the top ten, five were from the U.K. (including U2 who are from Ireland), four from the U.S. and one from Jamaica. The top American act was the Grateful Dead who were more of a live touring act than a hit making, sales driven band. The Dead only had one top forty song in their career (1987?s Touch of Grey). The Velvet Underground was next in which producer/musician Brian Eno was quoted as saying ?not many people bought the Velvet?s albums when they were originally released, but everyone who did formed a band?. Which is true. The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed were the forerunners of New York noise rock and punk music.

                                  In one of their many ?greatest? lists over the years, Rolling Stone?s Top 500 Greatest Albums featured six albums coming from U.K. artists in the top ten, three of which came from The Beatles. Only one American band had an entry in the top ten, that being The Beach Boys? 1966 classic Pet Sounds. The top ten went as follows: 1.) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, 2.) Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys, 3.) Revolver, The Beatles, 4.) Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan, 5.) Rubber Soul, The Beatles, 6.) What's Going On, Marvin Gaye, 7.) Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones, 8.) London Calling, The Clash, 9.) Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan, 10.) The Beatles (?The White Album?), The Beatles.

                                  Not to be outdone, Spin magazine recently released a 20th anniversary issue declaring Radiohead?s OK Computer the top album of the past twenty years. The disc finished ahead of Public Enemy?s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Nirvana?s Nevermind. And a few years ago The Beatles ranked number one on Spin?s list of the top fifty greatest bands of all-time followed by The Ramones from the U.S.

                                  American mainstream rock music may not have had as many celebrated rock bands as the British over the years but America?s underground and indie scene has always been an excellent source of talent and innovation. In the late 80?s and early 90?s Nirvana single handily took alternative indie rock to the mainstream exposing a wealth of quality acts that before would have been left to toil in obscurity in the underground. Great American rock acts such as The Red hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, REM, Tool, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Pavement, Mudhoney, Fugazi, Alice in Chains, Jane?s Addiction, The Pixies and many more were born out of the seedy clubs all to gain commercial and critical success over the next decade or so. These acts easily rivalled the best to come out of Britain in the late 80?s and 90?s like The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Blur, Pulp, and Oasis.

                                  Currently British band Coldplay have the number one album in the U.S. selling 737,000 copies of X & Y in its first week in the U.S. The album has registered the second biggest selling first week sales in the U.S. this year, topped only by 50 Cent?s The Massacre, which sold a whopping million in its first week. X & Y also went straight to number one on the UK albums charts, becoming the second biggest first week seller in British chart history, behind Oasis? 1997 album Be Here Now.

                                  And the debate rages on with Neil McCormick adding fuel to the fire saying, ?American pop culture may dominate the worldwide media, but when it comes to truly universal rock music, British bands are still in a league of their own, superior to their American counterparts in almost every respect.? That seems to be a preconceived assessment of the situation especially since McCormick is from the U.K. But after watching Live 8, the unofficial sequel to 1985?s Live Aid, you can?t help but think in some regards McCormick was right. Because even though there were many emotional moments during the concerts and many American acts performed brilliantly, it seemed the U.K. acts really led the way again as they did twenty years ago.

                                  Trent McMartin

                                  Posted July 4, 2005 at http://www.antimusic.com/lowdown/05/battle.shtml

                                    Trent -- thanks for the review of the Live 8 DVD.
                                    Have you taken a look at the short version, the single DVD Highlights?
                                    I'm wondering exactly what it includes, aside from what the packaging says.

                                      Asked for it on Xmas

                                        I'll for sure be getting the dvd. I have to admit something-I took a nini-tv to my sister's wedding so I wouldn't miss it. Obviously in church I had to have my earphones in so no-one would hear it and I watched it all through the church service,during the photos outside,during the sit-down meal and during the reception party. I'm so bad