Bob Geldof Slams Live Earth


Sir Bob Geldof is ragging on Al Gore. The Irish musician, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 multi-venue rock concerts for famine and debt relief—in 1985 and 2005, respectively—is apparently "furious" to be linked to Gore's Live Earth event, calling it a "waste of time."

"It sounds like Live 8. I'm getting lots of responses from people who think I am organizing it," raged Geldof to Holland's De Volkskrant.
"I would only organize Live Earth if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations," he goes on to say. "They haven't got those guarantees, so it's just an enormous pop concert or the umpteenth time that, say, Madonna or Coldplay get up on stage.

"I hope they're a success. But why is Gore actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all [expletive] conscious of global warming."

We'd probably be miffed, too, if someone co-opted our idea without due credit, but isn't he tarring his own Live 8 and Live Aid concerts with the same brush? Maybe he's just upset that he didn't score an invite. There, there. ::