Bob Geldof plans 20th anniversary Live Aid concert. He's gathering Sting and other big names for a London benefit for Third World aid
”There’s never going to be a Live Aid II,” Bob Geldof said Thursday at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards ceremony in London, ”but there’s something brewing.” The Boomtown Rats frontman, along with Ultravox singer Midge Ure, confirmed that they’re planning a 20th anniversary follow-up to the rockers-for-Africa benefit concerts they organized in 1985. ”It’s big. And it’s as petrifying as the build up to Live Aid, if not more so,” Geldof said, according to the Associated Press. ”We’ll have all the biggest names we can find. But it’s not just about big names, it’s about making a point.”
Rumors of a Live Aid sequel have been appearing for weeks in the British press, who’ve called the show ”Live 8,” since it would supposedly take place around the time of the G8 summit in Scotland (July 6-8), when leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries will gather to discuss such issues as African poverty and Third World debt relief. The rumors have the show taking place in London’s Hyde Park, with a possible same-day show in Washington, D.C., just like the 1985 Live Aid shows, which took place just hours apart in London and Philadelphia. MTV News reports that the Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity organization, had canceled its annual Party in the Park concert in Hyde Park on July 3 so as not to conflict with Geldof’s effort.