The Daily Bork

June 07, 2005

Twenty years on, no change.

Here we go again,

Geldof plans concerts to stamp out poverty

Twenty years after the Live Aid sensation, the man dubbed "Saint Bob" for organising the 1985 concert to save the starving in Ethiopia wants to influence the G8 group of industrialised nations which meets in Scotland in July.

"Eight world leaders in one room in Scotland on the 8th of July can save millions and millions of lives, but they'll only do it if enough people tell them to."

Five free concerts will be held on July 2 in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Philadelphia, organiser Harvey Goldsmith said.

The stars due to appear at the London show include Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, Robbie Williams and U2.

Acts confirmed so far in Philadelphia include Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, P. Diddy, Stevie Wonder and actor Will Smith.

The concerts will coincide with a rally in Edinburgh organised by Make Poverty History, an umbrella group campaigning to cancel poor nations' debt and boost aid that plans to form a human chain around the Scottish city to raise awareness.

My prediction... twenty years from now Ethiopia will still be fucked, Geldof will still be poncing around trying to guilt people and a whole new generation of megastars will be "feeling the pain" after their jaunts to the wastelands. They will, however, not liquidate their billions in assets and give it all away. No one will suggest that toppling the madmen running the joint and freeing people and trade will lead to a much quicker solution. But a star needs a desperate audience to shine upon, if the people up and do it themselves then the star will only be another joe peddling his wares.

Really, if some pop-star turns up on your doorstep and suddenly finds a cause there, you are pretty much screwed for the next century.


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