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  • Model and socialite Peaches Geldof is found dead at her home aged 25

    04/07/2014 10:49:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 7, 2014 | Mia De Graff
    Peaches Geldof has died today at the age of 25. The mother-of-two, daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, was found by police at her house in Wrotham, Kent, at 1.35pm. Kent Police said the death was 'sudden' and 'unexplained'. In a heartbreaking statement her father Bob said: 'Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. 'Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? 'We loved her and will cherish...
  • Shutdown Day 7: It’s Starting To Heat Up!

    10/07/2013 10:21:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-7-2013 | MOTUS
    Sir Bob Geldof has a message for the youth of the world: We’re all going to die!Some of us may be closer than othersSir Bob, musician-turned-activist, is best known, ironically, for his Live Aid concerts to eliminate African famine. Unlike most people, who embrace nihilism in their youth, he seems to have adopted it in a senior moment. In any event, he was back in South Africa last week to announce to a group of school children that the end of the world is nigh. Apparently all of his efforts and best intentions for saving the world were, well, pointless....
  • Sir Bob Geldof declares rock and roll age dead and doesn't exist anymore

    03/19/2013 11:30:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 71 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Nui Te Koha
    SIR Bob Geldof says the rock and roll age is dead. The Boomtown Rats star and Live Aid icon said: "The central problem is, for us, rock and roll was a social medium. "That period has passed because now there are many alternative social mediums. Rock and roll needs a context in which to exist. "It doesn't exist anymore. It's ceased to be culturally relevant. "The rock and roll age is dead, in my view. He added: "I'm amazed it died. No-one expected that, but I'm lucky I jumped in halfway through it.''
  • AC/DC singer attacks Bono and Bob Geldof over charity lectures

    02/05/2010 3:32:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies · 1,692+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2/4/2010 | Sophie Tedmanson
    The singers Bono and Bob Geldof have incurred the wrath of Brian Johnson, a fellow rock star and frontman of AC/DC, over their celebrity activism. Johnson, the gravel-voiced British singer of Australia’s biggest rock band, has joined a growing group of critics of Geldof and the U2 singer over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. “I do it myself, I don’t tell everybody I’m doing it,” Johnson, 62, told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper. “I don’t tell everybody they should give money – they can’t...
  • Bob Geldof in hot water over 'lovely legs' comment to Irish politician

    09/26/2009 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies · 3,260+ views
    Irish Central ^ | KENNETH HAYNES
    Audience gasps as Irish rock star tells Mary Coughlan she has great gamsControversial rock star Bob Geldof infuriated female delegates at the Global Irish Forum in Dublin Saturday when he told deputy Prime Minister Mary Coughlan that she had lovely legs. Coughlan visibly blushed when Geldof made his announcement and there was an audible gasp from members of the audience. Geldof "went way over the line," said one female delegate who asked not to be named. "That was a blatantly sexist remark about a woman who is doing a professional job at the very highest level." Another woman said she...
  • Geldof demands G8 honour aid promise

    07/09/2008 7:44:15 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 15 replies · 204+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 8, 2008 at 6:05 AM EDT | Reuters News Agency
    London — Rock star Bob Geldof called on the Group of Eight rich nations on Tuesday to honour their commitment to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 agreed the aid increase at its 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, but a report last month by the Africa Progress Panel said that under current spending plans the G8 will fall 40 billion dollars short of its target. "They should be at a 50 per cent point in their commitment, but in fact the G8 are only at 14 per cent," former Boomtown Rats singer Geldof, who is lobbying the summit...
  • Good Samaritan-in-Chief (The MSM Ignores Bush's Work for Africa)

    04/05/2008 8:46:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 179+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | April 4, 2008 | Paul Kengor
    There’s a remarkable article in the current Time magazine by Bob Geldof, musician and activist, regarding a recent trip he made to Africa with President George W. Bush. Geldof, a liberal, disagrees with Bush on many things, especially Iraq. Geldof is also fair. He has observed what Bush has done in Africa, particularly on AIDS, and is enormously grateful for the president’s truly unprecedented actions. To cite just one example: in 2003, only 50,000 Africans were on HIV antiretroviral drugs; today, thanks to American relief, 1.3 million receive free medicine. In an illuminating article, there are, however, two items Geldof...
  • Geldof and Bush: Diary From the Road

    02/28/2008 1:17:31 PM PST · by Nony · 26 replies · 98+ views
    Time ^ | February 28, 2008 | Bob Geldof
    I gave the president my book. He raised an eyebrow. "Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?" he said without looking up from the cover. Very dry. "Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?" I replied. No response.
  • Geldof and Bush: Diary From the Road

    02/28/2008 8:14:06 AM PST · by Freeport · 30 replies · 96+ views
    Time ^ | Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 | BOB GELDOF
    I gave the president my book. He raised an eyebrow. "Who wrote this for ya, Geldof?" he said without looking up from the cover. Very dry. "Who will you get to read it for you, Mr. President?" I replied. No response. The Most Powerful Man in the World studied the front cover. Geldof in Africa — " 'The international best seller.' You write that bit yourself?" "That's right. It's called marketing. Something you obviously have no clue about or else I wouldn't have to be here telling people your Africa story." It is some story. And I have always wondered...
  • Live Aid Concerts Struggle

    06/27/2007 6:43:48 PM PDT · by melt · 14 replies · 647+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/27/07 | Lawrence Van Gelder
    Less than three weeks after Al Gore, the environmental campaigner and former vice president, visited Istanbul to announce its participation in the round-the-world Live Aid concerts on July 7, organizers announced yesterday that the city had been dropped from the roster of nine sites because of a lack of interest coupled with security concerns in advance of general elections on July 22, Reuters reported.
  • Geldof calls G8 summit 'a farce'

    06/08/2007 1:56:54 PM PDT · by Cecily · 23 replies · 623+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 8, 2007
    Poverty campaigner Bob Geldof has condemned leaders of the G8 nations for coming up with a deal on Africa which he says is a "farce". He praised Tony Blair, who he said had "gone down all guns blazing" in an effort to get the eight nations to deliver on previous aid commitments. But he said he also felt sorry for the out-going PM as he had secured "no legacy stuff" in the two-day talks. And he launched a strongly-worded attack on the other summit leaders. At a joint press conference with fellow rock star and Live8 organiser, Bono, Mr Geldof...
  • Cynics Mock, Charities Defend Stars Aiding Africa

    08/27/2006 8:48:18 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 11 replies · 650+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2006 | Mike Collett-White and Mabvuto Banda
    LONDON/MPHANDULA, Malawi (Reuters) - Madonna feels responsible for the children of the world and has found herself a "big, big project" to help orphans in Malawi. Gwyneth Paltrow declares "I am African" in a new advertisement for a charity working in Africa. The continent has long been a favorite destination for celebrity campaigners, going back to 1954 when Danny Kaye became UNICEF's goodwill ambassador. U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof are Africa veterans, and more recently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have brought Hollywood gloss to the continent. But the latest flood of stars searching for a good...
  • 45 turn up for Geldof gig

    07/22/2006 2:21:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 62 replies · 1,418+ views
    afp ^ | 22/07/2006
    Live 8 hero Bob Geldof has been forced to cancel two concerts in Italy because of lack of public interest, after only 45 people turned up to see him perform in Milan, Italy's La Stampa newspaper reported on Saturday. Geldof walked out of Milan's 12,000-capacity Arena Civica on Friday without playing, given the paltry attendance. His manager explained that a concert for less than 400 people would not be viable, the newspaper said. The 54-year-old Irish rocker, who said he had flown in from South Africa for the gig, sought to placate angry fans afterwards by promising to give a...
  • One year on, Live 8 organisers blast G8 for slow poverty progress

    06/29/2006 5:47:59 PM PDT · by libertarianPA · 1 replies · 212+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 6/29/06 | Roland Jackson
    LONDON (AFP) - Live 8 organisers including Irish rocker Bob Geldof has lambasted leaders of the Group of Eight rich nations for falling short of promises, made one year ago, to alleviate suffering in Africa. In July 2005, Geldof helped to organise 10 Live 8 concerts worldwide -- timed to coincide with the G8 summit hosted by Britain -- to help raise awareness of the plight of Africans living in poverty. Geldof, joined by fellow Live 8 performer and Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, on Thursday issued a G8 progress update alongside campaigning body DATA -- which stands for Debt, AIDS,...
  • Irish rocker-activist Geldof takes aim at corruption in Africa

    04/26/2006 6:46:30 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 50 replies · 711+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/26/06 | AFP
    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Billions of dollars in aid will achieve "zero" in Africa unless governments on the continent are serious about fighting corruption and poverty, Irish rocker and humanitarian Bob Geldof said. The 54-year-old political activist, who will be performing in Johannesburg and Cape Town this week, said he saw "many, many optimistic signs and just as many crap signs" that African governments were cleaning up their act. "The rich world can pour endless billions into the continent of Africa but none of this will work unless African governments are serious," Geldof told a news conference in Johannesburg. "Corruption is...
  • Make Poverty History campaign pledges not being delivered

    12/27/2005 9:22:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 294+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/05 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Charities have accused celebrities of "hijacking" the Make Poverty History campaign and said pledges to cut the gap between rich and poor nations has had little impact. In a year-end assessment of the campaign, The Independent quoted aid workers expressing disappointment that there had been scant progress made on promises made at the Group of Eight richest nations meeting in Scotland in July. Dave Timms, from British anti-poverty charity the World Development Movement, told the newspaper the campaign had some "good elements" in raising public awareness but described it as "perhaps bravely naive". "People like us who...
  • Bob Geldof Gets Nobel Honour

    10/28/2005 6:52:09 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 13 replies · 388+ views
    Bob Geldof gets Nobel honour Award announced at Live8 DVD launch Bob Geldof has been named the 2005 Nobel Man Of Peace. The title is voted for by a committee of all the living Nobel Peace Prize winners, in honour of "his unflagging work and powerful voice on behalf of the poor of Africa over the last 20 years and in particular the last 12 months." "He has harnessed world opinion to make political leaders act immediately, improving the lives of millions." He will be presented with the honour in Rome on November 24 at the World Summit of Nobel...
  • Geldof and Bono - Why Can't They Just Shut Up?

    09/16/2005 9:43:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 872+ views ^ | Sep 16, 2005 | D.L. McCracken
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Is there trouble in aging rocker/self-proclaimed political activist paradise of late? Just when you thought it was finally safe to at least take in a U2 concert without being subjected to more political rhetoric when all you wanted was to sit back and enjoy the music and put the troubles of the world aside for three measley hours and you're already halfway through the concert without one word from anyone on stage that's even remotely political and you're thinking to yourself that you can finally chill out and just groove to...
  • All Rock, No Action [Scathing NYT OP-ED piece on Live 8]

    07/15/2005 3:34:48 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times Op-Ed ^ | July 15, 2005 | JEAN-CLAUDE SHANDA TONME
    Yaoundé, Cameroon LIVE 8, that extraordinary media event that some people of good intentions in the West just orchestrated, would have left us Africans indifferent if we hadn't realized that it was an insult both to us and to common sense. We have nothing against those who this month, in a stadium, a street, a park, in Berlin, London, Moscow, Philadelphia, gathered crowds and played guitar and talked about global poverty and aid for Africa. But we are troubled to think that they are so misguided about what Africa's real problem is, and dismayed by their willingness to propose solutions...
  • Paved With Good Intentions (Bob Geldof's Live Aid? It should have been called Dead Aid.)

    07/11/2005 11:50:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 922+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 7/12/2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    The first time Bono and Madonna got together to save Africa, the unintended consequence was the death of perhaps as many as 100,000 people. That's aid expert David Rieff's conclusion in the July 2005 issue of the resolutely liberal American Prospect magazine regarding the end result of Live Aid in 1985. Billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth," Live Aid was a multi-venue rock concert held on July 13, 1985 in London and Philadelphia in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. With an estimated 1.5 billion viewers watching the live broadcast in 100 countries, the event reportedly...
  • Ontario should hold Lie 12 concerts

    07/08/2005 7:58:49 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 17 replies · 497+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Arthur Weinreb
    As everyone surely knows by now, the purpose of the Live 8 concerts that were held last Saturday was not to raise money for Africa. They had a twofold purpose; to raise awareness about the economic plight of Africans and to pressure the leaders of the G8 countries to increase foreign aid to the African continent. It is doubtful that either of these goals will be accomplished; at least to the extent that any starving African children will see any benefit. Many people who had little or no knowledge of Africa before Live 8 were likely to forget about it...
  • Geldof calls violent protesters 'losers'

    07/06/2005 9:29:44 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 27 replies · 869+ views
    Vancouver Sun (Canada) ^ | Wednesday, July 06, 2005 | Auslan Cramb | Daily Telegraph
    EDINBURGH -- Bob Geldof Tuesday dismissed protesters who fought running battles with the police in Edinburgh as "a bunch of losers." The Live 8 organizer said that they had nothing to do with the Make Poverty History campaign and he ridiculed the so-called anarchist clowns with "white painted faces" who thought they could "cause world revolution by standing on top of park benches and hitting the police." He also praised the police's handling of the protests. Geldof arrived in Edinburgh Tuesday night on the eve of the G-8 summit at Gleneagles Hotel, as dozens of those arrested appeared in court....
  • Bob Geldof nominated for 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

    07/06/2005 11:53:56 AM PDT · by soundandvision · 82 replies · 1,566+ views
    OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- A Norwegian member of parliament nominated Irish rocker and charity champion Bob Geldof on Wednesday for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to help poor nations.
  • Managing Compassion

    07/06/2005 9:08:16 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 2 replies · 279+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Canada Free Press | Garth Pritchard
    There’s one absolute: Star Power is the answer when you want to bring attention to a world issue. Live 8 proved beyond a doubt that, if asked, the young people of the world would come together on an issue such as poverty in Africa. As a journalist, I have lived through two of Sir Geldof’s promises to have the greatest concerts ever. The first one, 25 years ago, Live Aid, realized $100 Million in aid to be spent in impoverished Africa. Countries delivered on their promises — some even cancelled debts owed to them by African countries. Now, Sir Geldof’s...
  • WSJ: Who's Stingy? Ask Bono about America's generosity.

    07/06/2005 5:13:48 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 1,298+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 6, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Mr. Bush said the U.S. would "absolutely" drop its system of farm subsidies if the European Union eliminated its $40 billion a year Common Agricultural Policy. Now, that's a radical idea. It certainly trumps the calls by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and others to double official development aid to sub-Saharan Africa or to forgive more debt. Getting rid of U.S. and EU farm subsidies -- and the protectionism they entail -- would do far more to address what liberals like to call a "root cause" of poverty. Too many African exports, particularly farm commodities, are kept out of Western...
  • Fighting Poverty

    07/05/2005 9:10:28 AM PDT · by Jackknife · 17 replies · 581+ views
    Neal's Nuze ^ | 7-5-05 | Neal Boortz
    What a weekend! What a holiday! Millions of Americans celebrating the very freedom they fear, and that nice man Bob Geldof telling us evil Americans what we should be doing with the money we work so hard for! Why, we should be sending it to Africa, that's what. Lets give thanks that Live 8 is over. What a bunch of sanctimonious, self-righteous, narcissistic jerk-offs. They top off their great multi-venue circle jerk Sunday with a demand that the United States cough up some more money for something they refer to as "aid and justice for Africa." These rock stars have...

    07/05/2005 7:22:28 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 11 replies · 952+ views
    Live 8 boss Bob Geldof today condemned violent protesters as “idiots” as he set off on a train to Scotland on his anti-poverty crusade, but he dismissed last night’s clashes in Edinburgh ahead of the G8 summit as a “side issue” compared with the “extreme violence” of third world suffering. Geldof said it was “unacceptable” for politicians such as Chancellor Gordon Brown to warn that campaigners may be disappointed by the outcome of the meeting of the world’s richest nations. The former rock star was joined by Hollywood acting couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon as he boarded a...
  • Rock legend brands Mugabe a thug

    07/04/2005 3:09:34 AM PDT · by Clive · 34 replies · 1,199+ views
    Zim Online ^ | 2005-07-04
    JOHANNESBURG - Irish rocker Bob Geldof fired a broadside at President Robert Mugabe at the weekend branding the Zimbabwean leader "a thug" who has destroyed his country. Geldof, who organised the Live 8 aid concert for Africa at the weekend, was speaking during an interview with South Africa's 702 Talk Radio on Saturday. "What about the absolute, absolute thuggery, brutality and mayhem of that mad creep Mugabe (President Robert)? Why does Africa refuse to acknowledge what is happening in that country? This man is mad. He's destroying his country, he's killing his people," he said. Geldof also criticised South Africa's...
  • Live8: a Triumph for Sentiment, Not for Results

    07/03/2005 8:41:47 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 939+ views
    The Business [UK] ^ | July 3, 2005 | Allister Heath
    There was a time when young people who wanted to save the world would become doctors, scientists or teachers; move to Africa to devote their lives to helping the poor; or even study economics, human rights law or international relations. Now, it seems, they go to rock concerts. Its much less hassle. Welcome to the brave new world of pop star economics, where sentiments matter more than results, emotion triumphs over reason and hedonistic Westerners can feel good about themselves in Londons Hyde Park, safe in the belief that they are doing their bit for starving African babies while listening...
  • With a song in their heart and not much at all in their heads

    07/03/2005 7:35:04 AM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 26 replies · 897+ views
    Times UK ^ | SIMON JENKINS
    With a song in their heart and not much at all in their heads SIMON JENKINS How is a sensible person to react to last night’s Live 8/G8 extravaganza? It defies hyperbole. It steamrollers scepticism. The money swilling, the masses migrating, the greenhouse gases combusting, the publicity bingeing, are beyond all reason. Live 8 claims political status, but the politics is totalitarian, using celebrity to mobilise a crowd. The crowd has a noble place in politics, but it is a transient one. Tomorrow it is gone and its punch leaves no bruise. Small wonder Tony Blair is playing Pope Innocent...
  • Disappointment as Sail 8 anti-poverty protest flops

    07/03/2005 11:13:37 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 1,025+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | July 3, 2005 | Staff
    A tiny band of boats have sailed into a south coast port after completing a symbolic voyage across the Channel in support of the Live 8 protest.The final number of yachts fell far short of the 73 expected to take part in the Sail 8 flotilla announced by Bob Geldof and Dame Ellen MacArthur last month. And the aim of bringing French campaigners back to join the G8 protest in Edinburgh also proved over-ambitious after nobody turned up to accept the free lift. Bob Geldof, who was expected at Portsmouth to meet the boats, also cancelled earlier today. In fact...
  • Celebrities' Embrace of Africa Has Critics

    07/01/2005 3:42:31 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 12 replies · 532+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2005 | ALAN COWELL
    Jon Super/Associated Press The rock star Sir Bob Geldof is leading a drive for aid to Africa. LONDON, June 30 - It is virtually impossible these days to open a newspaper or turn on the television here without confronting the cavalier locks, rumpled visage and hectoring tones of Sir Bob Geldof, the former Boomtown Rats lead singer now cast by friends and foes alike as Africa's savior. With awesome ubiquity - a rock concert here, a documentary there, interviews at every turn - he offers his listeners a blend of profanity, rage and messianic imprecation, urging the political leaders of...
  • John Lennon on live 8

    06/30/2005 10:14:05 AM PDT · by concrete is my business · 57 replies · 3,805+ views
    Playboy ^ | September, 1980 | David Sheff
    Lennon on Live 8 A timely excerpt from David Sheff's September 1980 Playboy interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Sheff: Just to finish your favorite subject [the Beatles], what about the suggestion that the four of you put aside your personal feelings and regroup to give a mammoth concert for charity, some sort of giant benefit? Lennon: I don't want to have anything to do with benefits. I have been benefited to death. Sheff: Why? Lennon: Because they're always rip-offs. I haven't performed for personal gain since 1966, when the Beatles last performed. Every concert since then, Yoko and...
  • Kleptomania writ large

    06/30/2005 9:05:10 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 7 replies · 424+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, June 30, 2005 | Klaus Rohrich
    Last week we learned that the situation in Africa is significantly worse than we thought. I am not talking about poverty. I’m talking about theft. In Nigeria alone, some US $400 billion was stolen by that country’s leaders during the last four decades of the 20th Century, according to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. "We cannot be accurate down to the last figure, but that is our projection," said Commission spokesman Osita Nwajah. This staggering sum, equal to six times the amount that the Marshall Plan provided to rebuild Europe, was taken by Nigeria’s...
  • Bob Geldof: Twit in a snit

    06/24/2005 10:34:30 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 6 replies · 616+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, June 24, 2005 | Klaus Rohrich
    Bob Geldof, the fading B-class rocker formerly of the "Boomtown Rats", recently made it known that Prime Minister Paul Martin wasn’t welcome at the upcoming G-8 summit unless he was prepared to cough up .7% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to help "fight poverty" in Africa. Geldof must have the balls of a canal horse to think that who is or is not invited to attend the summit depends on him. Some 20 years ago Geldof’s Live Aid concert, which was held to alleviate poverty and starvation in Ethiopia, accomplished very little, if anything to that end. At least...
  • Who Does Bob Geldof Think He Is?

    06/24/2005 7:25:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 21 replies · 1,174+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | June 24, 2005 | John Derringer
        Who does Bob Geldof think he is?     John Derringer   Fri, June 24, 2005   It's official. Sir Robert Geldof has lost the plot. In the days running up to the July 2 Live 8 concerts, which as a whole appear to be hurried and ill-conceived, Geldof has dropped any subtlety from his act, and is now appearing as heavy-handed and self-righteous as the tin-pot dictators against whom he's fighting. His latest salvo was fired against our prime minister. In a taped message played at Tuesday's media conference to promote the Barrie portion of the show,...
  • Leave Bush Alone, Geldof Warns Stars

    06/21/2005 5:40:29 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 1,248+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-21-2005 | Hugh Davies
    Leave Bush alone, Geldof warns stars By Hugh Davies (Filed: 21/06/2005) Bob Geldof has reportedly warned a top recording artist not to publicly criticise the White House during the worldwide television broadcast of the Live 8 concerts next month. The warning came after Geldof insisted that President George W Bush had done more for Africa than any other American leader. The manager of the singer was quoted as having been told: "Please remember, absolutely no ranting and raving about Bush or Blair and the Iraq war. We want to bring Bush in, not run him away." Geldof was said to...

    06/20/2005 7:12:17 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 24 replies · 1,026+ views
    DRUDGE ^ | 6/20/05
    **Exclusive** LIVE 8 founder Bob Geldof is determined to see his international concerts stay focused on the plight of Africa's poor -- and not fall into cliched Bush bashing and global warming rhetoric! Geldof has ordered show organizers and producers to redouble all efforts to keep LIVE 8 performers "on message" during the July 2 event, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. "Please remember, absolutely no ranting and raving about Bush or Blair and the Iraq war, this is not why you have been invited to appear," Geldoff said to the manager of a top recording artist, who asked not to...
  • Geldof Defends Bush on Africa

    06/20/2005 2:34:09 PM PDT · by Budgie · 23 replies · 1,243+ views
    Geldof Defends Bush on Africa By Victoria Ward, PA, in New York Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof claims George Bush has done more for Africa than any other US president. He said he had recently defended Bush on the issue in France. “They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American president for Africa,” Geldof told Time magazine. “But it’s empirically so.” Geldof and U2 singer Bono have teamed up to recreate the 1985 Live Aid event in a string of free concerts taking place around the world on July 2....

    06/19/2005 4:06:58 PM PDT · by Numbers Guy · 48 replies · 1,621+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 6/19/05 | The Drudge Report
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN JUNE 19, 2003 19:25:02 ET XXXXX GELDOF ORDERS NO BUSH BASHING AT 'LIVE 8': IRAQ WAR, GLOBAL WARMING RANTING OFF LIMITS **Exclusive** LIVE 8 founder Bob Geldof is determined to see his international concerts stay focused on the plight of Africa's poor -- and not fall into cliched Bush bashing and global warming rhetoric! Geldof has ordered show organizers and producers to redouble all efforts to keep LIVE 8 performers "on message" during the July 2 event, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. "Please remember, absolutely no ranting and raving about Bush or Blair and the...
  • Live 8 (GELDOF: Bush 'has actually done more than any American President for Africa')

    06/19/2005 8:50:59 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 42 replies · 1,783+ views
    Time ^ | Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005
    < snip > HAVE YOU TAILORED YOUR MESSAGE IN EACH G-8 COUNTRY, AND IF SO, HOW HAVE YOU TAILORED YOUR MESSAGE TO AMERICANS? BONO Warren Buffett gave me the best advice on this subject. He said, "Don't appeal to the conscience of America. Appeal to the greatness of America, and you'll get the job done." CURTIS Insert in there "remarkably accurate impression of Warren Buffett." BONO Onstage I talk about my first impression of Americans, which was watching a man walk on the moon. We thought, Americans are mad! But look what they can do when they get organized. GELDOF...
  • EBay Withdraws Tickets for Live 8 Concert

    06/15/2005 6:35:49 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 35 replies · 1,105+ views
    AP/YAHOO ^ | Tuesday June 14 | anon
    EBay Withdraws Tickets for Live 8 Concert Internet Auction Site EBay Withdraws Tickets for Live 8 Concert After Criticism From Bob Geldof LONDON (AP) -- EBay Inc. said Tuesday it will stop posters from selling tickets for the Live 8 concert on July 2. Tickets for the much-sought-after show, intended to raise the profile of poverty in Africa, were being sold for inflated prices on eBay, angering concert organizer Bob Geldof. The musician urged a boycott of the auctioneer, accusing it of "sick profiteering." EBay managing director Doug McCallum said the company had decided to take the tickets down. "The...
  • It's tyranny stupid! (the willing blindness of Geldof, Bono and other rock & roll economists)

    06/07/2005 8:28:34 AM PDT · by dead · 9 replies · 604+ views ^ | 06/06/2005 23:25:51 | Michela Wrong
    THERE'S a puzzling idea doing the rounds on Africa. It occasionally surfaces in Tony Blair's speeches as Britain gears up for a G8 summit at which he will be pushing for debt write-off and a doubling in aid to African countries. I spotted it when Bob Geldof unveiled his Live8 concert plans. It's pretty much a constant theme in the pronouncements of Hilary Benn, Aid Minister. It runs something like this: the bad old days in Africa, when leaders in Gilbert & Sullivan military costumes sent their wives to buy up London's most desirable real estate, are over. The Mois,...
  • Now Geldof calls up fleet for G8 armada

    06/06/2005 10:32:19 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 762+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 7, 2005 | FERGUS SHEPPARD
    Key points • Sailors asked to use their boats to ferry summit protestors from France • Up to 3,000 expected to make journey to join capital marches • Businesses told to board up premises as a week of chaos is predicted Key quote"We are asking people to get into their boats in their thousands and pick up the people of France who wish to participate" - Sir Bob Geldof Story in full BOB Geldof yesterday sparked new fears of G8 chaos as he invited thousands of French protesters to descend on Edinburgh, promising a Dunkirk-style flotilla of small ships to...
  • Vast majority think African aid is wasted, poll shows (UK POLL)

    06/04/2005 12:17:34 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 791+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2005 | Rachel Sylvester and Andrew Sparrow
    A huge majority of Britons believes that pumping billions of pounds into Africa would be a waste of money, a verdict that is a major blow to Tony Blair's crusade to rescue the continent.As the Prime Minister prepares to fly to Washington on Monday to try to secure American support for proposals to tackle poverty in the Third World, a poll for The Daily Telegraph shows that 83 per cent of people are not confident that money given by the West would be spent wisely. It also shows that 79 per cent of voters believe that corruption and incompetence were...
  • Geldof Denounced As 'Irresponsible'

    06/01/2005 5:55:27 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 530+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-2-2005 | Auslan Cramb
    Geldof denounced as 'irresponsible' By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent (Filed: 02/06/2005) Politicians, senior police officers, church leaders and businessmen yesterday condemned Bob Geldof's "irresponsible" plea for a million people to march on Edinburgh. They gave a warning that a mass protest at the start of the G8 summit next month could cause a tragedy and seriously damage the cause of anti-poverty campaigners. Five miles of metal security fence are being erected around the Gleneagles Hotel estate Police said they were happy to deal with events already planned, including a march by about 100,000 people on July 2, but could not...
  • Silly, even sillier. And Geldof

    05/31/2005 2:48:48 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 38 replies · 1,419+ views
    The Times ^ | June 1, 2005 | Bruce Anderson
    BEING A pop singer must be boring. Nothing to do but make hideous music, count the takings and fend off screaming teenage females; no wonder some of the pop tribe try to alleviate spiritual dissatisfaction and search for profundity.In the case of Bob Geldof, however, the search has led to a profound shallowness. On the eve of the G8 summit, Geldof intends to hold a Live 8 concert. He would like his young followers to believe that the West is to blame for all of Africa’s difficulties: if we would stop encouraging Africa to participate in global trade and content...
  • "Live 8" aka Live Aid 2 To Be Announced Next Week

    05/27/2005 1:17:50 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 20 replies · 671+ views
    VH1/AP ^ | 5-27-05 | Gil Kaufman
    Live Aid Organizer Confirms Another 'Big' Concert Is Coming Details of massive charity show to be unveiled next week. by Gil Kaufman Bob Geldof (file) (Photo: Getty Images) Rumors have been swirling for weeks that former Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof is secretly planning a massive sequel to the 1985 Live Aid concerts that raised millions to combat famine in Africa. Geldof had repeatedly denied the rumors ... until Thursday. While attending the Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters in London, Geldof finally tipped his hand and said "there's something brewing ... it's big," according to The Associated Press. He cautioned...
  • Geldof Slams World Bank Selection Rules

    04/03/2005 5:59:45 AM PDT · by billorites · 43 replies · 985+ views ^ | April 3, 2005
    Irish rocker and anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof Thursday slammed the selection process at the World Bank as "preposterous," but added he was prepared to work with its likely new head Paul Wolfowitz. "I‘ve got reservations about the World Bank and the IMF which are far greater than any individual therein," Geldof told Reuters. The nomination and European endorsement of the U.S. deputy defense secretary, with a neo-conservative image closely associated with pre-emptive military action in Iraq, has been met with some skepticism in Europe and among aid groups. But President Bush‘s choice for the post looks set to be formally...
  • Geldof cast as 'Mr Bloody Africa'

    01/31/2005 9:10:44 AM PST · by flitton · 18 replies · 415+ views
    BBC ^ | 31/01/05 | unattributed
    Singer and campaigner Bob Geldof has dubbed himself "Mr Bloody Africa" for his role as a reluctant spokesman on issues concerning the continent. Visiting Africa "bores me profoundly" but the media has confused the roles of politicians and celebrities, he said. "Who's interested if the leader of Niger goes on Newsnight?" he told Radio Times magazine. "It's 'get Geldof'. I'm 'Mr Bloody Africa'." Geldof will get a lifetime achievement honour at the Brit Awards next week. He was also voted the person listeners of BBC Radio 4's Today programme would most like to see be made a "people's peer". But...