Rock For A Cause
Capitol will this week release DVDs of this summer's Live 8 concert to raise awareness of African poverty. The four-disc set features the complete concerts from London and Philadelphia, as well as higCapitol will this week release DVDs of this summer's Live 8 concert to raise awareness of African poverty. The four-disc set features the complete concerts from London and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from seven other shows around the world. EMI is also issuing separate single-disc sets with concerts from Paris, Berlin, Rome and Toronto.
"Live 8" will be bolstered by a backstage documentary shot at the London show, the rehearsal for Pink Floyd's one-off reunion, short films featuring the Who and Travis and a segment with Ricky Gervais, star of the U.K. series "The Office."
"I hope this will be the biggest-selling DVD of all time," says Live 8 organizer Sir Bob Geldof. "It deserves to be. More importantly perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty."
Held on July 2, Live 8 featured performances from such A-list music stars as Madonna, R.E.M., Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Green Day and Neil Young. And while the events were not meant to be fund-raisers, they have generated a surplus of more than $12 million, according to a Billboard report. The money will be put toward relief projects in Africa.