Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Between Live 8 and Vertigo

The Live 8 concert was a very memorable experience . To be honest, I wasn't really thinking about poor kids in Africa last Saturday when I decided to go to this open air event. To see Green Day and Audioslave for free in a warm summer day is already a good reason to get out of your house and join the cause.

However, once there, it was hard not to feel part of a greater thing. Some bands -like Audioslave- made their homework and prepared some amazingly emotional, deep speeches. Some others -like Green Day- just improvised in between songs, mostly abusing from the words 'Fuck' and 'Bush'. Some other people should have simply stayed at home, among them Claudia Schiffer -I don't think this needs an explanation- and Tim Burton, who just copied and pasted some Hollywood cliches into some "The day after tomorrow"-style speech. But probably the most meaningful moment was when all concerts around the world stopped for a couple of minutes and listened to Will Smith, who from Philadelphia organized a massive finger snapping. The concept was: Every three seconds someone dies in Africa because he cannot afford some medicine he would be able to buy if his country wasn't stuck paying interests to some of the richest countries in the world. Cheesy or not, it was quite emotive.

But now Live 8 is history and the next challenge is getting to the U2 concert, which will take place on Thursday here in Berlin. I already spent a couple of hours yesterday in eBay looking for tickets and ordered a couple of them, but it's hard to say whether Mr. Ralph Hoff's merchandise will be here on time..!

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