Bob Geldof has lifted the veil on a new charity mega-concert as a follow-up to his 1985 Live Aid. Live 8 will be focused on creating a public focus on the famine faced by people in Africa. The name "Live 8" comes from the fact that the event is to nearly coincide with the annual G8 meeting between the world's most powerful industrial nations.
To tune the lens of the media, Geldolf has recruited a slew of bands to play the event, including Dave Matthews Band. Live 8 will take place on July 2nd in London, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia and Rome.
Currently Coldplay, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, the Cure, Paul McCartney, Madonna and U2 will play London,
Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, Will Smith, Jay-Z and P. Diddy play in Philadelphia; Placebo, Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour and Andrea Bocelli will take the stage in Paris
A-ha, Lauryn Hill, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Brian Wilson will lead the Berlin show; and Duran Duran, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will command the stage in Rome.
Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Destiny's Child, will also perform, but it is not clear where they will be performing.
The question on many fan's minds was how DMB plans to play the Live 8 show in Philly on July 2nd, when they currently are scheduled to play at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) on the same day.
We called the Warehouse to check in on this, and got the confirmation that SPAC would not be cancelled. Instead DMB will perform a short set for Philly, then high-tail upstate to perform again.
It is incredibly uncommon for DMB to perform twice in a single day. in the early 90's Dave played with DMB, then another second solo show on the same day a few times.
It appears the last instance of this was May 26th, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV. Dave played a private eight song set at the Blue Room Jazz Club at the Aladdin Casino & Resort the same day he performed with DMB at Sam Boyd Stadium. If you are aware of other specific instances where DMB/DM have played twice in a single day, please contact us.