Live 8 Funometer | July 3, 2005

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Posted at July 3, 2005 11:43 PM


Paul Lloyd said on July 4, 2005 12:13 AM

But it wasn’t really about fun… was it?

Andy Budd said on July 4, 2005 12:27 AM

So you went as well then :-)

Andrew K said on July 4, 2005 12:46 AM

Jeebus Andy, I take it by all the spelling errors in the band names you were either in a hurry or still a little worse for wear?
Either way, anything is excusable after seeing Mariah Carey perform. My thoughts are with you during this emotionally difficult time ;)

Richard Dunlop-Walters said on July 4, 2005 2:38 AM

A little confused by you aparently enjoying Robbie Williams.

I didn’t know it was possible to enjoy robbie Williams.

Maxine said on July 4, 2005 3:24 AM

Nice one Andy, very amusing. I like the way you’ve gone to the trouble to ponder the deep questions and come up with some answers, for example, “Dido sucked, UB40 sucked, Mariah Carrey sucked, but which one of them sucked the most?”. I’m sure, sadly, I will have occassion for using this technique in the future.

Faruk Ateş said on July 4, 2005 8:49 AM


On the TV and I’net stream, the average fun level was much higher (for me, anyway). Almost a constant “Good tunes”, as I could just switch any time a mediocre/bad band performed in London or Philly. :)

Jens Meiert said on July 4, 2005 8:55 AM

And I wonder if it’s possible to enjoy any of them… ;) Matter of taste, of course.

Richard Rutter said on July 4, 2005 9:11 AM

I was at a bbq party this weekend and we had Live8 playing through a hi-fi in the garden during the whole party which added both to the party and to the Live8-on-television experience. No idea if Mariah Carey was at all bearable, though, because as soon as her name was mentioned we stuck the iPod on instead.

For some reason Pink Floyd managed to halt the conversation entirely which says something (more about their songs than their performance).

Matt Sephton said on July 4, 2005 10:22 AM

Personally, I thought Annie Lennox performed brilliantly.

Rob Waring said on July 4, 2005 10:38 AM

Velvet Revolver were quite good I thought. The Who were absolutely brilliant, best guitar playing there bar none. Happily we had it on the TV so were channel hopping and managed to miss Mariah Carey and UB40.

Karl Dawson said on July 4, 2005 11:38 AM

I was a late arrival at the TV, coming in at Snow Patrol. Highlights for me were Velvet Revolver, Robbie and The Who. Scissor Sisters surprised me, I’m not a fan and thought they’d get shown up outside of a studio. At least they sang in tune unlike Dido. Robbie engaged the crowd and The Who were just flat out brilliant. Oh yeah, Pink Floyd. Sorry, I find them as dull as dishwater :p

Ray Mosley said on July 4, 2005 2:08 PM

OMG the worst thing about Mariah Carey (and her singing wasn’t that bad) was the whole “Can I get some water” rubbish. Two songs is all she had and she had that flunky on stage cradelling an armful of towels water etc for her. The worst part is when she summoned on the said flunky to hold the water while she sucked it through a straw….for me she empitomised why some Brits hate americans from time to time but I think this was more aboout being a diva than being american.

There is something very insincere about that woman. Robbie though I am not a fan was quite good actually and seemed generally touched by the occasion. Good stuff thumbs up to geldolf and crew

Hasan said on July 4, 2005 4:13 PM

Joss, Dido, Mariah, I take it your next show won’t be Sade. Some Who & Pink Floyd details, if you would be so kind?

Kim Siever said on July 4, 2005 4:22 PM

I was dumbfounded after seeing Mariah Carey shuffle around in her high heels and tight dress as if she had her socks tied together. I don’t know if I had ever been this perplexed at what emotion I was supposed to be experiencing.

Timmargh said on July 4, 2005 8:59 PM

Annie Lennox was fantastic.

And what didn’t you like about UB40?

Alex Armstrong said on July 4, 2005 10:36 PM

Pretty much agree with you andy. Before Live 8 I hadn’t paid much attention to Rock history for beginners (The Who, Pink Floyd) but after seeing such great performances I feel the need the go out and buy their greatest hits at the very least.

The low points have to be Maria plugging her new single, Pete Doughty’s singing and Madonna dragging the African woman around the stage whilst singing Like a Prayer. (Although even though I’m not a Madonna fan I really enjoy the rest of her set.)

On the whole I really enjoyed watching the whole event.

Erin said on July 5, 2005 8:46 PM

Wow, “asleep” for Velvet Revolver? Were you just exhausted at that point or just not interested? (Did they do any GNR or STP covers?)

Also, I noticed Paul McCartney was missing from the list. Did he only perform with other artists at the beginning and end of the concert or did he have his own set?

I saw only chunks of the various performances here in the U.S. as MTV/VH1’s coverage was particularly terrible.

And yes, the part where Madonna dragged the African woman around the stage was awkward. “Like a Prayer” sounded great, though.

ADM said on August 23, 2005 1:40 AM

Sting was dissapointing, dull dead (i saw him in concert once too, just very uninspired and unenerjetic), Mariah Carey was one of the best, along with Madonna, Joss Stone, U2 and Sir Paul, Velvet Revolver and the Who were all great. What is everyones problem here with Mariah, and also just female vocalists, Mariah especially, she is like the biggest selling female artist in the world, and she has one heck of a voice and she is good looking. That whole diva thing is fake its just her sense of humor, england is the only place that is so cynical about the whole diva/mariah carey thing.
She is the greatest artist of the 1990’s and with her new album she is well on her way to making some new world records too, you’ve gotta respect her even if u dont like the music.