Tim’s report from Live 8 – is now here.
Sir Paul McCartney and U2 opened doing Sergeant Pepper. Kinda missed this and the whole U2 set because we were tring to find our way through 200,000 people to the Golden Circle.
Coldplay were typically crowd pleasing. Long faced shoe-gazer Richard Ashcroft came on and did Bittersweet Symphony with them. All good.
Sir Elton John – looked about four feet high and three feet wide. Did The Bitch is Back and Saturday Night’s Alright for Shopping etc. and was joined by Pete Doherty (Catherine had to explain to me who he is) to do Children of the Revolution (Marc Bolan). Elton should have been on later in the line up really but we were told he was on early cos he had some poodles to shampoo later in the day.
Dido came on and we went for some food before he unique sing style caused us to slip in to shallow comas. Baked Potato and Pimms – see Flickr link bottom right.
Stereophonics: Missed ’em too. Big queues for loos.
REM: funny DC comics style Michael Stipe’s had blue face paint. Good set though. Again – wondered why these guys weren’t on in the height of the evening’s fun, where piece-of-godawful-trauma Mariah Carey was allowed to appear.
Ms Dynamite. We wondered what other song she could possibly do besides that one she always does. She did a version of Redemption Song.
Keane. Ace. Big shouty anthems
Travis: Fran Healy is always a laugh. Good natured and clearly there for the fun of it. He did a very silly but uplifting version of Staying Alive. Nice one.
Bob Geldof: All the papers slagged Bob for coming on and doing I Don’t Like Monday’s. But where we were, front-ish and centre everyone was loving it. Shame on you lazy journos.
Annie Lennox came on and sat down solo at the piano and emotional version of Why?. Then the band came on she ended with Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams. She stormed.
UB40 – total nostalgia. Really wasn’t expecting them to be there and also never expected I’d enjoy them so much. Big crowd pleasing medley they did went down very well.
Snoop Dogg – kinda wondered about Snoop. I love this guy but he’s a definitely a bit creepy and, given the nation is watching and it’s the middle of the afternoon, how many times can he realistically say the words Mother F*cker? Well dozens of times seemingly. The BBC got 400 complaints.
Razorlight – take em or leave em.
Madonna. Not bad.
Snow Patrol: Enjoyed these guys a lot. And they didn’t hag about which was good of them.
The Killers – can’t even remember them. Sure they were good though.
Joss Stone. Papers claimed she “lifted the crowd” but I was there in the middle of it and she didn’t. The energy in the crowd went utterly dead by her second song. Her little speech about poverty was just embarrassing. We ate a tube of pringles while we watched a film about starvation.
Scissor Sisters. More of a spectacle than a musical act. Graeme Garden’s son plays the keyboards. He looks like his dad. (I examined him at length with my monocular).
Velvet Revolver – what on earth? This is Slash of Guns and Roses and some other metally dudes doing uninspired metally whiney tosh. The were simply shite and went on and on and on.
Sting. He did a spooky version of Every Breath You Take – changing the words so we were all watching you ( the G8 Leaders) tres effective. Message in a Bottle was ace too.
Mariah Carey got it sooooo wrong. She came on with 30 or so African children (an orphan choir) but there wasn’t room for them and her ego on the stage. Her whorey micro-dress and colossal vanity next to these awesome young singers seemed profoundly ridiculous. I wanted Jarvis Cocker to leap out of the crowd and disrupt it.
Robbie Williams, I hate this twat but I’ll hand it to him, he got the crowd back in party mood after the Carey Debacle. Well done tosser. You were great.
The Who. Awesome sound. Went on a bit.
Pink Floyd. They reformed despite unresolved ‘issues’ in order to be counted with the rest of us. Nice gesture. Big sound. Classics from Dark Side of the Moon and a big crowd pleasing ‘Comfortably Numb’. Historic stuff. There were clearly heaps of Floyf fans there to revel in it too.
Sir Paul McCartney back at the end. Get Back and Helter Skelter were ace, Drive My Car was okay. The Long and Winding Road was the finale with the bit from the end of Hey Jude tagged on ( na na na nanananaaaa etc) to get the crowd going for the arrival of Bob back on stage, and as many of the acts who were still around, to wave goodbye.