Live 8: Uniting Music Royalty for Charity
July 1, 2005

Last minute preparations are underway for the largest music event in history. Live 8 is a worldwide musical fundraiser for African children starring mega-stars Coldplay, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey and Madonna.

Madonna is one of several artists who actually performed at the original Live Aid concert 20 years ago. "Itís a sin that millions of children in Africa continue to starve," Madonna insisted. "I do hope that these concerts can make a difference."

And the lovely ladies of Destinyís Child agree. "We have to be there," Kelly Rowland said. "And we have to support it, and we just have to ask for everybody to watch it and donate and be a part of this. Itís so beautiful."

Even Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt and George Clooney are reportedly scheduled to appear during the eight-hour event that takes place in London, Paris, Rome, Philadelphia and Barrie, Canada.

The man behind the mission is music mogul Bob Geldof. And in addition to airing live on MTV, VH1 and MTVís College Network, AOLís Jack Isquith says Live 8 will also be carried in its entirety on AOLís Web site.

"This is probably the ultimate event to show the power and scope of the web," Isquith insisted.

Check out music's biggest names sing their hearts out for charity on Saturday.

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