Live 8 was an incredible sequel to Live Aid. July 2, 2005. Live 8 was held in 10 cities simultaneously. Though it was on TV all over the world, the best seats in the house were on AOL -- viewers and critics who watched Live 8 on TV didn't like broadcast television's habit of breaking in and out of songs. Why go through all that plus talkative DJ's when you could've clicked on a city and watched the show uninterrupted? Not only was webcasting a major player here, to many viewers it beat the traditional TV channels. Webcasting won't kill the TV star, but webcasting festivals and events is here to stay.
Paul McCartney and U2 opened with Sgt. Pepper and it went on from there. There was something for everyone. It was cool seeing Duran Duran, The Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and others who were icons of Live Aid. My favorite part was the ending - The Who played Who Are You and Won't Get Fooled Again with typical Who energy -- preparing us for Pink Floyd's historical 4 song set. Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb were incredible to hear live after all these years. And then Paul McCartney gave us a bit of Beatle magic and a Hey Jude finale with everyone on stage. Seeing David Gilmour, Paul McCartney and Pete Townshend smiling next to one another on the stage was a moment I thought I'd never see. God Bless Bob Geldof and Bono!
I hope to get a setlist soon. The Who and Pink Floyd's set are already on a few torrent sites.
Here's a link to the official Live 8 site.
Best quote from Live 8 - Roger Waters during Wish You Were Here: "It's actually quite emotional, standing up here with these three guys after all these years. Standing to be counted with the rest of you. Anyway, we're doing this for everyone who's not here, particularly, of course for Syd." Amen.
Within hours of Live 8's last note, it started to show up on filesharing sites - especially on torrent and emule sites! Here's some of what's showing up..
Pink Floyd's performance was the crown jewel of Live 8. The dvd looks better than what I saw on TV and the sound is phenomenal. Looking forward to buying the official cd and dvd of Live 8!