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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Live 8 Concert - who really benefits?

The Live 8 Concert came and went with the usual fanfare.

Googling the news pulled up items like: "Best Concert Ever", or "20,000 visit Moscow Red square".

That's all very well and nice, but should not the headlines be reading - in the grand scheme of things will the concert really make any difference in stamping out poverty? Instead of headlines like, "Bono fired up a huge London crowd yesterday, singing Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Or, "Bob Geldof and Paul McCartney... wave to the crowds at the finale of the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park."

It's too bad the Pope doesn't offer sainthoods for entertainers. But then again they did make Paul a sir didn't they, so you never know. Must have had something to do with improving Britannia's GDP and all that. Maybe money can't buy you love Paul, but...

Past Live Aids have raised money and political awareness for poverty in Africa. But this time around with all those aging rock and rollers hobbling on stage all that they are really raising is the dead.

Unfortunately that is the real legacy of this concert. A last hurrah for senior citizen rockers trying to prove they can still shake their booty with the youngsters. Or to provide exposure for the up-and-commer/wannabes trying to out-do their mentors.

Now don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the music as much as anybody. It was great to see Roger Waters "tear down the wall" and reunite with Pink Floyd. Roger Daltry and the Who proved that old farts who wanted to "die before they get old" have still got what it takes. Lucky for them not all wishes come true so they could spend all that money in their golden years of retirement. Unfortunately for the rest of us who purchased their music we will actually have to work until we are old (or die).

But I digress. I really do hope that some good will come out of the concert. But I'm not that naive, and I've lived long enough to know there's more than meets the ear... er, I mean the eye.

So who are the real winners with these concerts? Could it be the entertainers who give their "free" time to resurrect or promote careers at the biggest venue of all time, but rarely reach into their own pockets where it really hurts?

Too bad for Michael J that he was busy getting off child molestation charges (hee hee hee). I mean really, Geldof's claim to fame was reminding me that "I don't like Mondays". If it weren't for live-aid we would all be singing "what about Bob". For crying out loud even George Michael pranced on stage harmonizing with McCartney to the tune of that ancient Beatles' ditty "Drive my Car".

Bottom line is, in the long term will it really make any difference or is it just shameless self-serving promotion? Beep, beep'm, beep, beep yeah!" Need I say anymore?

UPDATE: Sir Paul McCartney landed the headline spot at Live 8 after threatening not to perform at all. But the music was really great wasn't it? Shiznit.

Looking at all of the comments over at blogcritics, if one conclusion can be made it would be that most of us 'fans' have become cynical with our hypocritical do-gooder heros and their hollow words, as they live lavish lifestyles and are the ones who are really benefitting from these so-called "benefit concerts".

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8 Comments: 'Reach out and FISK someone'...

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much have you done for people less fortunate than you? Maybe you should focus on them, instead of those more fortunate than you.

Moll that over while you eat your words:


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At 8:00 PM, Blogger Blog Bloke said...

Far more than you will ever know.

Isn't it wonderful to see the "stars" are reading the blogs and finally "heeding the call".

"All you need is love"...

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At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's not as if they need the money.

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At 2:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt it. People who help others usually don't go around bashing those that are more fortunate.

"Fans" will remain cynical. Fans will remain...fans.

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At 3:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, I am thinking that some awareness had to have been raised. Anybody who thought G8 leaders were going to say "Wow, let's really get on this now" because of the shows is living in a fantasy world. Anyone bashing the thing because they didn't, lives in the same fantasy world.

We know some businesses are going to try to cash in on it however they can. Maybe if folks like ATT, Mae East and other bandwidth and routing providers stepped up and gave AOL some bandwidth, they might have less need to 'advertise' the shows.

I would look more to MTV's obvious greed in that every time I turned them on it was a commercial!

Bill Gates donates 100s of millions of dollars to charities each year. Some will give him kudos, others will say he could do a lot more. I suppose both are correct.

I also believe, however, that something is better than nothing. It's a fact that throwing more money at the issues is not the answer.

Music has a way of kick-starting things. More music has a way of reminding us of things. Had the concert intended to raise money, money would have been raised. They made it clear they did that 20 years ago and things are worse (a bit of leaving pride on the shelf maybe?). I am sure some artists were there to promote themselves. I do not know any of them personally so I cannot speculate as to who. I am definitely not going to sit here, then, and point fingers without knowing.

We must be in charge of our govermnents. Leaving politics to the politicians and their experts figuring 'they will take care of it' is a dangerous thing that will ultimately lead to our civil liberties being robbed from us. By the very vote you cast, you are taking politics into your own hands, and so it should be. If you are not voting as an informed voter-by making yourself AWARE of issues, then you are only doing yourself a great injustice.

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At 4:03 PM, Blogger Blog Bloke said...

Isn't it interesting that someone who leaves nasty comments and has such impassioned opinions also likes to hide behind anonymity.

I don't know how old you are but unless you were around during the 60's you may not be able to grasp the point of our message. We are not bashing "awareness".

What we are bashing is hypocrisy of the 'stars' who have become very wealthy living lavish lifestyles by selling-out to the very culture that they spoke against with their music. They have became wealthy thanks to our purchasing their music, but rarely do they ever dig into their own pockets for these so-called charity benefit concerts.

The fact that the news reports say that they are NOW considering giving their profits from the increased sales after the Live 8 concert only demonstrates that we have been successful in our efforts. I will be willing to wager that public awareness and criticism by us 'fans' had something to do with that.

Sometimes our heros get a little out of touch with reality now that they have become part of the "establishment" and need a little kick from us fans who live in the real world to bring them back down to earth.

And did you see Geldof at the G8 Summit? He was wearing a nero-style jacket right out of the 60's, and it was so rumpled that it looked like he slept in it all those years. If he thinks he represents me he can think again. Surely with his money he can buy a real suit and if he expects to be taken seriously by the politicians then he had better get an image makeover real quick.

BTW, I'm also fan and bought the music.

Peace bro.

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