I’m glad you started this thread, AmericanMaid. I think the idea behind the concert is fantastic, and I applaud all of the artists involved, especially Sir Bob.
The show, from a purely musical point of view? Pants so far.
I was wondering if this is a result of being older and remembering the Live Aid broadcast. Usram, the only thing I can remember is Bob Geldof on the telly every 30 minutes yelling at viewers to give up the cash. But I watched it the whole time. I have it on now, purely from an anthropological perspective though. I am not really digging it all.
MTV showed a recap of the '85 event, which might explain why it was so huge. First, it followed the Band Aid and USA for Africa songs, and many of us were unaware of the tragedy of what was taking place in Ethiopia before then. Today we live in a 24-hour news environment, and there’s no “shock” in hearing the numbers and seeing the pictures. Unfortunately.
Also, let’s recap who we saw on stage in '85. Queen. The Who. U2. Sting. Jagger and Bowie (well, they had the video). Even the lesser known bands, like Status Quo, Power Station, and Paul Young put on a good show. I guess seeing the Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park isn’t doing it for me.
I thought what we saw of U2’s part was ok. Nowhere as powerful as Live Aid though. The biggest surprise for me was Madonna’s set. It was the best part I’ve seen so far. Very impressive, and I’m predisposed to slagging off Madge!
One last thing - the steaming pile of poo that is called Linkin Park just came on. Annoying screaming guy does his usual screaming, but then the rapper guy comes on and says to the crowd, “you guys sing along the words!” Tool. It’s a charity show, and I doubt anyone came just to see your crappy band. In fact, you were encouraging your 50 fans in the crowd, while the remaining 100,000 looked at their watches, wondering when the next act will come on…