Circus Maximus in Rome, London’s Hyde Park and the Eiffel Tower in Paris are among the venues that will host Live 8, a series of concerts being organized by Bob Geldof, the driving force behind the Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns for African famine relief.
The July 2 concerts, which will be free, also will be held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and in Philadelphia, organizers said.
Performers include Coldplay, Madonna, Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 in London; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy in Philadelphia; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauren Hill and Brian Wilson in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome.
The events are aimed at raising awareness of poverty in developing countries just days before G8 leaders meet in Britain. Organizers didn’t immediately announce the full lineup for the concerts or where the Philadelphia incarnation would take place.
They said there were plans for concerts in other cities in G8 countries, but didn’t give further details. Japan, Canada and Russia are the three other nations in the G8.