As a concert, Live Earth was not the repeat of Live Aid/Live 8 it clearly wanted to be. Unlike the events organised by the charismatic Sir Bob Geldof – upon which this one modelled itself closely, right down to its choice of name – the acts who answered the call from Al Gore’s people to play at Wembley Stadium were a bit short on superstar clout.It was Geldof’s legendarily persuasive powers which got Pink Floyd to abandon a 20-year feud and re-form for Live 8 in Hyde Park in 2005. There was nothing on the Live Earth London bill to command that level of anticipation and potential drama.With the exception of the closing act Madonna – who played next door at Wembley Arena only last summer – there was nobody on the Stadium bill with the cross-generational appeal, and catalogue of monster hits, to supply the great unifying moments which event gigs need to make their message stick in the mind.
Queen singing We Will Rock You at Live Aid, or Robbie Williams leading the 80,000 Live 8 crowd through a giant karaoke session of Angels, are worth far more in this context than the 20 minutes per hour of worthy exhortations dished out on screen or by guest celebs at Live Earth.(source)
Is any one really surprised that a manufactured event for a dubious cause should be much less of a success than the efforts of Sir Bob which provided the template?
Like any good snake oil salesman Al Gore has worked hard to promote his product. Make no mistake we have been getting the hard sell on this one. With a tenacity that would make one of those Nigerian scammers seem slothful Gore has been tub-thumping about global warning for far too long. If I am in a charitable mood I tend to think that it is because he truly believes his own pitch. But when I see such an affront to good sense like these concerts my cynicism sub routine kicks in and I begin to speculate that perhaps this is all part of a fiendish plan that is intended to scam him right into the oval office. After all the economy and the ongoing war on Islamic terror is too hard a ticket to ride because there are too many pesky realities to face. So why not instead claim a higher purpose for seeking office? There of course be no higher purpose than saving the entire planet can there?
The only flaw in such a plan is the kryptonite of cold hard truth that AGW is not the done deal that Al Gore, et al would have you believe.