Richard posted on Monday, 04 July, 2005 - 12:51 am
Seeing as it was mentioned in another thread, I thought I'd say a few words...
I watched most of the show, missing only about an hour or so in the evening. I was glad it dragged on, because I'd otherwise have missed Pink Floyd, which was one of two highlights of the show for me.
I'm not a particular fan of theirs because I find a lot of their stuff dreary, repetitive and pretentious (although I expect there's not a single male in our age group in the Western world who doesn't have Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their collection, and I'm no exception), but they really showed how to play live, and play live well, unlike most of the other bands.
The other highlight for me (I'm not a fan in any way shape or form - far from it!) was Madonna. Unlike most of the singers on the stage, she showed that she can sound as good live as she does on record. A pity she felt the need to drag around the stage the woman from the original '84 news report. (She shouldn't have been such a surprise to anyone, as she was heavily featured in the marketing of Band Aid 20 in November.)
As for The Who, they were perhaps my greatest disappointment. (This was one band of which I HAD been fan!) Sorry guys, but it really is time you gave up playiong angry teenagers. I half expected them to play "My Generation" - playing it with some irony and perhaps changing a few of the words might have been a good idea.
Furthermore, I was seriously pissed off by the BBC presentation in general at times, and Jonathan bloody Woss in particular, insisting on having inane conversations about the "atmosphere" WHILE people were playing! I could understand the need for filling time during stage changes, but they really took the proverbial.
I also think I saw my name scroll across the stage (having signed the Live 8 list). :-) If you haven't done so, I assume it's not too late to add your own: http://www.live8live.com
Coming back on topic a bit, I did half-expect that JW might turn up to play at the "African" gig at the Eden Project: his last-but-one CD was all African material, and he has spent most of the last 3 years playing it around the world. He and Peter Gabriel (organiser) are mates, so I'm surprised he didn't blag himself a spot. And he wouldn't have needed a major stage change - heck, hw could've played something during a stage change!
As for the Sky guys appearing together, whilst it would've been a great idea, I never expected it to happen (although I'm sure the guys are very much in support of the gist of the political aims of the G8 campaign).