Three more cities join Geldof 'Live-8' music fest

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 17 (AFP) - Three additional cities have joined the 'Live-8' charity concert bandwagon, with a slew of new pop artists coming on board for the July 2 mega-event as well, organizer Bob Geldof said Friday at a press conference.

PARIS, June 17 (AFP) - Three additional cities have joined the 'Live-8' charity concert bandwagon, with a slew of new pop artists coming on board for the July 2 mega-event as well, organizer Bob Geldof said Friday at a press conference.   

Orginally scheduled for five cities, the same-day concert has now been extended to Toronto, Tokyo and Johannesburg. The other cities are London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Philadephia.   

Aiming to pressure G-8 leaders meeting in Scotland on July 6-8 to take dramatic steps to reduce poverty in Africa, the multiple concerts are expected to draw up to a million live spectators and huge television audiences worldwide.    

The global lineup of musician performing on July 2 is a veritably Who's Who of the pop galaxy, present and past.   

In London, more than two million hopefuls sent SMS messages in a mobile phone lottery for 150,000 free tickets to a show that will feature Paul McCartney, Elton John, REM, Coldplay, Sting, and Robbie Williams, among others.   

On Friday Geldof announced that "king of funk" James Brown and pop singer Sheryl Crow had also joined the line up, and would perform at the concert at the Versailles palace outside of Paris.   

Even rock legend Pink Floyd is getting back together for the occasion.

© AFP

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