BONO DISMISSES ‘LIVE AID II’ REPORTS

The star says tabloid claims of a massive charity concert for 2005 are not true...

BONO has dismissed tabloid reports that he’s planning on organising a LIVE AID II concert next year to help with Third World Debt.

The Sun newspaper (May 31) quoted Government sources as saying the U2 singer is hoping to organise the event next summer, backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Not true, according to the man himself. Speaking in Dublin today (June 1), where he was meeting with EU leaders, he said: “At this point there are no plans for a Live Aid 2. It’s always there in the background but right now, no. Right now we’re after billions (of dollars) not millions. A Live Aid 2 would help, but it wouldn’t fix the problem.”

The original Live Aid took place in 1985 in Britain and the US, and saw appearances from the likes of Queen and [a][/a]. It raised tens of millions of pounds for Africa which was suffering a catastrophic famine.

The newspaper also said that Bob Geldof, who organised the 1985 event, could also be involved in 2005. He’s also said he won’t be taking part.

He said in a statement: “I told The Sun this afternoon it was not true. This only serves to undermine the concerted efforts of those concerned with the tragedy of poverty in Africa. However, if the Prime Minister wants to organise a Live Aid II, then good luck to him.”