Bob Geldof Confirms Music benefit Concert
"After weeks of Bob Geldof adamantly denying swirling press rumors and speculation of a 2nd Live Aid type music benefit, today (May 26, 2005), Geldof officially confirmed plans for yet another major International star studded music benefit extravaganza. The event will be held most likely the first week of July 2005, to raise worldwide global awareness to find and enact solid resolutions to eradicate world poverty, specifically of that, in Africa, to coincide with the timing of the historic G8 Summit discussing world poverty in Scotland July 6-8, 2005. The as yet unnamed event is being possibly touted as being called Live 8.
Speaking at this year's 50th 2005 Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards in London, where Geldof and his Band Aid 20 co-organizer Midge Ure were honored with the 2004 Best Selling UK Single Award for "Do They Know It's Christmas", Geldof insists that this is not a 2nd Live Aid, but it is a major International music benefit concert planned and developed in the same spirited vein, co-organized with Live Aid co-founder and Geldof's longtime friend, musician Midge Ure of Ultravox.
On Tuesday May 31, Geldof and Ure are expected to confirm details of the charity concert for which an International media press conference has been organized for the two musicians and artist activists in London.
Geldof noted that "What started 20 years ago is coming to a political point in a few weeks. There's more than a chance that the boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world around on its axis. What we plan to do in the next five weeks is seriously, properly, historically, politically important."
According to Sting, who was also on hand at the Novello Awards, and who is already confirmed as one of the headlining stars to perform, "Bob called me up and said I was doing it. He doesn't ask you, he tells you."
Below are today's press release announcements from sources below: www.billboard.com http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000937172 www.pollstar.com http://www.pollstar.com/news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=4024
From my blog dated & copyrighted Arlene R. Weiss 5/26/2005