On July 13th 1985 two unique simultaneous concerts called Live Aid were held in London and Philadelphia with a goal of easing the suffering of millions of victims of famine in Africa. Live Aid raised over $100 million but 20 years later poverty, disease, and famine are still major problems for the people of Africa. 20 years ago the public contributed resources to end suffering and now Bob Geldof is putting together new concerts to pressure wealthy governments to come to the aid of impoverished people.
Live 8 is a simultaneous set of 10 concerts July 2nd, 2005 in Barrie, Canada, Berlin, Johannesburg, England's Eden Project, London, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, and Tokyo, and one concert in Edinburgh four days later featuring many of today's most loved recording artists. The initial concerts will kick off the "Long Walk To Justice" that will climax in a massive protest in Edinburgh before the G8 summit meeting July 6th through 9th. The G8 are a group of the world's wealthiest countries that meet regularly to plan economic policy affecting the entire world. 9 of the 10 concerts July 2nd will take place in G8 nations (2 of them in the U.K.).