Bono Blames Geldof For Lack Of Black Live 8 Artists

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Campaigning rockers Bono and SIR Bob Geldof clashed over the lack of African artists performing at July's (05) Live 8 extravaganza.

The U2 frontman aired his concern over the predominantly white line up, including Madonna, SIR Elton John, Green Day, The Killers and Pink Floyd, insisting black music was largely unrepresented.

But following their success securing a $5 billion (GBP2.8 billion) aid budget at the G8 summit in the same month, Bono is thrilled by the outcome of the campaign.

He says, "There were a few of us worried about it. Geldof gave up his life for a year working on this stuff. No sleep and a lot of grief. Some balls were going to be dropped. Most went in the back of the net.

"Personally yes, I think it was a mistake not to have more African artists.

"Bob was being protective of the ratings because the ratings, he felt, would in the end be the thing that protected Africa.

"I wasn't so clear-cut, though. But it was Bob's show. Many African artists performed in Jo'burg that day.

"Most of the cameras chose not to cover the concert there which maybe proves Bob's point."


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Tags: Bono - Bob Geldof - Madonna - Elton John - Green Day - The Killers - Pink Floyd

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koali

I agree with the former one who posted. It is a cheap shot to assume this is the case. This is outside of Bono's character to make a claim like this. No one loves africans, africans on the ground there, the ones living and dying because of neglect of the world, than Bob Geldof. Bono is his friend and coworker. Black artists were encouraged to participate.The idea was to raise western awareness to pressure the G8 to give to the poorest of the poor, not to promote african culture or art. Sufficient afro-americans were INVITED to perform who did not for various reasons. African music? Point was clear when, yes, Johannesburg was largely ignored and U2/McCartney/Madonna/BlackEyedPeas brought in the viewers who texted and called in to petition governments to give on behalf of not only african artists, but their wives and babies and future generations.Please disregard this false accusation. There is enough journalism out there on the subject of DATA.org and ONE, Live8 and LiveAid, BobGeldof.info and u2.com to know this comment is unfounded yet is out there and some will sadly absorb this premise because they refuse to learn the truth.Sammi Fredenburg
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hmmm. At which point in this did Bono actually 'blame' geldof for it? I think the headline is far too negative, and was unapropriate. Geldof and Bono are legends x x
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Smokey+++++++++...

Your headline is so twisted. Bono praises Geldof's work and your story confirms this -- so why the unfair headline? Unfair..
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It's sickening to see people try to play the 'race' card on something that was done out of goodness. Bob tries to help black people in the best way he can. Shame the people who 'moan' can't do the same.
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Bono is working for Nobel award - pure politicsBono - rich boy - conscience of the world.Just stick to the quotas, everything will be fine
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