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Mary of the 4th Form

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why did Paul Macartney get to open and finish the show??
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was it just me or did anyone else think there were better artists that could of opened and closed live 8...Elton John...Annie Lennox...Pink Floyd..The Who..for example? i was shocked to see that U2 only preformed once..and that was singin with paul macarney...personally i thought U2 should of preformed about 4 songs..like pink floyd did...over all i thought live 8 was amzing..although the crowd was a bit quiet....thank u Sir Bob for all ur incredible work and pullin off yet an other amzing world changing event... 

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I guess the reason for Macca opening and ending the show is that - although most of the other mentioned artists had also dozens of MEGA-selling hits - McCartney has still the best-known sing-alongs, and - if not sing-along like Sgt. Pepper - at least songs that almost everyone in the crowd simply "knows"... from anywhere... they are absolute evergreens. Both fans of Coldplay, Pink Floyd or U2 will have no problem to join in "Hey Jude", while I, for instance, although I like the sound of the band very much, had problems joining in the Pink Floyd lyrics...

But, I don't think that positioning Paul McCartney at these important points of the show, should mean to point him out as the "best" artist. There have been many "best artists" on Staurday, in deed! Surprisingly enough, my favourites - though I hardly knew them before *shame on me* - was "The Who", but also Keane did a good job, and even Madonna - who I always disliked - managed to "wake up" the crowds on the screen area at Hyde Park (that was where I was).

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U2 had a concert in Vienna that evening, so had to come on early and leave. I believe REM also had another concert in Switzerland. How brilliant were they?

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Lucky wrote:


I guess the reason for Macca opening and ending the show is that - although most of the other mentioned artists had also dozens of MEGA-selling hits - McCartney has still the best-known sing-alongs, and - if not sing-along like Sgt. Pepper - at least songs that almost everyone in the crowd simply "knows"... from anywhere... they are absolute evergreens.


I must admit I wondered about Sgt Pepper being the opening song, but I couldn't agree more with this explanation of McCartney's appearances.


As John Hannah's character in 'Sliding Doors' explains -


" ... everyone was born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively - they're passsed onto the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff.


In fact, they should be called the Fetals."


Ain't that true



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McCartney wanted to open and close the show when most people would be watching else he wasn't going to do it.



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WHAT?  Is that really true about Paul?  That would be disappointing if so.   I think the U2 and Paul McCartney, Sgt. Peppers song, was very appropriate to start the show.


I really liked Sting - one of my favorites - and Alicia Keys.  Both were also excellent.


I'm not crazy about Madonna - with her attitude, lifestyle, lack of acting ability (unless she is playing herself) or her S. England estate being used for pheasant hunting - what a drag she is.  It did appear that everyone did like her, however, and she does support SBG, so there you have it.  At least Brittnany Spears was not invited!  WHEW!  Thank you for small favors!


Pink Floyd were just amazing!  They sounded like they did 25 years ago!  What a great band!


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Did you just take the same avatar as Alison, or are you Alison?

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meekus wrote:


Did you just take the same avatar as Alison, or are you Alison?

Looks like oshora has made a mistake and picked the same avatar that Alison uses . I don't think oshora is Alison - they write in very different ways ...

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No, I'm Linda O'Shora


I'll change back to this avatar!  Kind of liked the "Fox" one though.

-- Edited by oshora at 01:36, 2005-07-22



-- Edited by oshora at 01:48, 2005-07-22

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oshora - your new-old avatar strikes me as quite stunning .

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