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11-14-2005, 08:17 AM
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Live 8 out on DVD

Highlights: Pink Floyd reunion, U2 & Paul McCartney doing "Sgt. Pepper"

What went right: the packaging is neat and well-organized, the sound and video quality are outstanding, and the price is very reasonable ($45 US at Best Buy) for 10+ hours of music on 4 discs

What didn't:
* Canada got short-changed (although there's a dedicated disc, available separately), as only Bryan Adams, Jet (who are they?) and Neil Young were included
* the London portion included too many opening acts for the U2 tour, while more major acts could've been in their places
* too much camera on Paula Abdul dancing off to the side of the stage (during Stevie Wonder's set?)
* international superstars, such as Shakira, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, are included as extras, while lesser-knowns are featured on the 4th disc from Edinburgh

Returned from Live Aid:
Bob Geldof
Bryan Ferry
Nile Rodgers
David Gilmour
Duran Duran
George Michael
Elton John
The Who
Brian Wilson
Paul McCartney

Rumored but didn't make it:
Spice Girls (Victoria Adams did attend with David Beckham though)
Rolling Stones

Declined invitation:

Who should've stayed home:
Technically, Will Smith was home in Philly, but he was far more effective as a presenter than a rapper

Who didn't get enough play:
Only one song by Green Day from Berlin

Who got too much:
Robbie Williams is huge in the UK, and some other countries, but is barely a blip in the US…his entire set was included

All and all, well worth getting and would make a great Christmas gift. It makes up for the abominable TV coverage in North America, although AOL actually did a reasonable job from their end.


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11-14-2005, 08:27 PM
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First off, Green Day should have been left off.

Bjork should have had her own disc and props to Oasis and Gorillaz for declining the invitation.

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