Bob Geldof criticises Live Earth concerts

Live8 organiser says they lack a clear goal

Bob Geldof has criticised the forthcoming series of Live Earth benefit concerts.

The concerts, organised by former US Vice President Al Gore to bring attention to the global warming crisis, are set to take place on July 7 in cities around the world including New York, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

Geldof, who organised Live Aid and Live8, said that Gore‘s concerts lack a specific goal.


“I hope they’re a success,” he told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. “But why is (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody’s known about that problem for years. We are all fucking conscious of global warming,” he said.

Live Earth doesn’t have a final goal,” Geldof continued. “I would only organise this if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations. They haven’t got those guarantees. So it’s just an enormous pop concert or the umpteenth time that, say, Madonna or Coldplay get up on stage.”

Madonna, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy and The Smashing Pumpkins are expected to perform at the Live Earth concerts this summer.

Geldof added that he is annoyed with the name Live Earth, because it sounds so much like Live 8 that people are assuming he organised it.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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