Bob Geldof's vision of a poverty-awareness music event on a grander scale than 1985's historic Live Aid was unveiled today (May 31). On July 2, London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome will simult

Bob Geldof's vision of a poverty-awareness music event on a grander scale than 1985's historic Live Aid was unveiled today (May 31). On July 2, London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome will simultaneously host the free Live 8 concerts, which Geldof says will "tilt the world" like Live Aid did 20 years earlier.

Performers include Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 at London's Hyde Park; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and Stevie Wonder at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate; Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo at a Paris venue to be announced; and Duran Duran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Rome's Circus Maximum.

Speaking at a media gathering in London to launch the project, Geldof clarified that the concerts were not intended to raise funds but as an initiative to rally attention to the "debt, aid and trade" issues currently blighting Africa.

"Here we are again," Geldof said. "[Live 8] is a unique opportunity for Britain to do something unparalleled in the world and at the beginning of the 21th century, and that is to tilt the world a little bit on its axis in favor of the poor."

He added, "What Live Aid did joyously, and enthusiastically, was open up the avenues of possibility. Live 8 invites you to walk down them."

Geldof was flanked today by collaborators from Live Aid, including artists Elton John and Midge Ure, current IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and British promoter Harvey Goldsmith. John told attendees, "I would go on a dangerous mission with Bob. I trust him with my life. He is an honorable, honorable man and I admire him so much for what he's doing here."

Live 8 is timed to coincide with the arrival of world leaders for the G8 summit to be held July 6-8 in Gleneagles, Scotland.

The BBC will host the worldwide telecast and co-ordinate feeds to local operators in various countries. AOL will also broadcast the shows live on the Internet. Tickets will be allocated through competitions via various media points.

Geldof urged people to travel to Edinburgh during the summit to show solidarity to the ongoing humanitarian crisis throughout the African continent.

The lineup at present will feature:

London:
Coldplay
The Killers
Velvet Revolver
Bob Geldof
The Cure
Mariah Carey
Dido
Keane
Snow Patrol
Elton John
Annie Lennox
Madonna
Paul McCartney
Razorlight
Snoop Dogg
Sting
U2
Joss Stone
Stereophonics
R.E.M.
Scissor Sisters
Muse
Robbie Williams

Philadelphia:
Will Smith
Bon Jovi
Dave Matthews Band
Stevie Wonder
Jay-Z
P. Diddy
Il Divo
Maroon 5
Rob Thomas
Keith Urban
50 Cent
Kaiser Chiefs

Rome:
Faith Hill
Tim McGraw
Duran Duran
Jovan Otti
Nek
Laura Pausini
Vasco Rossi
Zucchero

Berlin:
A-Ha
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Lauryn Hill
Brian Wilson
Bap
Die Toten Hosen
Peter Maffay

Paris:
Jamiroquai
Placebo
Youssou N'Dour
Andrea Bocelli
Craig David
Calo Gero
Kyo
Yannick Noah
Axelle Red
Johnny Hallyday

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