LIVE AID 2 PLANNED?

A newspaper claims a massive gig to ease Third World debt is being planned to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid...

BONO is planning a massive concert to ease Third World debt on the 20th anniversary of LIVE AID, according to reports.

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

Possible venues include London Hyde Park and Knebworth.

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

The newspaper said that Bob Geldof, who organised the 1985 event, could also be involved this time around. However, he’s issued a statement saying he won’t be taking part.

He said: “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.”