Live 8: TV, Web, Satellite, Mobile Options
Dozens of artists are poised to perform on stages around the world during tomorrow's (July 2) Live 8 concerts. In the United States, if you're not planning to attend the show in Philadelphia, you canDozens of artists are poised to perform on stages around the world during tomorrow's (July 2) Live 8 concerts. In the United States, if you're not planning to attend the show in Philadelphia, you can catch everything from highlights to entire regional concerts via television, online, satellite radio and mobile broadcasts.
As previously reported, the massive global initiative is being spearheaded by Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof in an attempt to fight poverty and influence leaders of Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States to act when they meet July 6-8 in Perthshire, Scotland, at the annual G8 summit.
AOL Music (AOLmusic.com) will offer the most music, with live feeds from six of the 10 concerts. The first will come from Berlin Brandenburg Gate beginning at 8 a.m. ET, followed by events in London's Hyde Park (9 a.m. ET), Rome's Circus Maximus (9:30 a.m. ET), Toronto's Molson Park (11 a.m. ET), Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (12 p.m. ET) and Paris' Palais de Versailles (1 p.m. ET).
Because simultaneously watching multiple Live 8 concerts will be a struggle for even the most adept Internet surfer, AOL Music will offer viewing of all six complete concerts on demand for six weeks after the event.
In addition, AOL Music will also provide a "global" feed with highlights from all of the shows, presumably including the remaining Live 8 events in Johannesburg's Mary Fitzgerald Square, Moscow's Red Square, Cornwall, England's Eden Project Arena and Tokyo's Makuhari Messe. (An additional July 6 show will be held in Scotland's Murrayfield Stadium to coincide with the opening of the G8 summit.)
On television, MTV and VH1 will start their live broadcast at noon ET, coinciding with the beginning of the Philadelphia concert, with coverage running through to 8 p.m. ET. ABC will air a two-hour highlights show, "Live 8: A Worldwide Concert Event Presented by Nokia," beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Satellite radio broadcaster XM is planning to dedicate seven of its channels to live coverage of the event. In addition to live global coverage on channel 40, XM will broadcast from London (channel 41), Philadelphia (channel 42), Berlin (channel 43), Rome (channel 44), Paris (channel 45) and Toronto (channel 46).
Those on the move tomorrow will not have to miss the action, as GoTV Networks will broadcast from various shows around the world to mobile phones on its newly launched alternative music channel ALTitude. Additionally, the service, which is available on Sprint, Nextel and Boost Mobile wireless platforms, will offer Live 8 content on its premium GoTV video package and Diva channel.
Although subject to change, AOL Music has confirmed the order of the Philadelphia bill, with a live from London feed of Paul McCartney and U2 to kick off the show. In addition to local performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Toby Keith, Maroon5 and more, additional sets from London (Madonna, Pink Floyd), Rome (Tim McGraw) and Berlin (Green Day) will be cut into the show. Stevie Wonder will close out the event.
Here is the Philadelphia broadcast rundown (times are approximate):
12:04 p.m. ET - Paul McCartney and U2 live from London
12:14 - Black Eyed Peas
12:33 - Bon Jovi
12:54 - Madonna live from London
1:00 - Destiny's Child
1:16 - Kanye West
1:30 - Will Smith
1:50 - Coldplay live from London
1:56 - Toby Keith
2:13 - Dave Matthews Band
2:40 - Alicia Keys
2:52 - Def Leppard
3:10 - Linkin Park and Jay-Z
3:50 - Tim McGraw live from Rome
3:56 - Sarah McLachlan
4:11 - Maroon5
4:28 - Green Day live from Berlin
4:34 - Keith Urban
4:48 - Jars of Clay
4:56 - Pink Floyd live from London
5:00 - Rob Thomas
5:21 - Stevie Wonder