It's been estimated that hundreds of thousands of people gathered for
the free, benefit concert on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Enthusiastic
concert-goers braved monstrous crowds and hot weather to rally with the musicians for world poverty awareness.
Several people suffered from heat exhaustion and had to be treated by
emergency personnel. Their conditions were not considered serious.
The concert was one of ten Live 8 concerts that took place around the
world. The Live 8 concerts were free, as organizers hoped to raise
awareness about developing-world poverty and place pressure on G-8
summit leaders, who will meet next week in Scotland, to cancel debt for
the poorest of the African countries.
In addition to the United States, Live 8 concerts took place in other
G-8 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and
Japan. A concert took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, where formerPresident Nelson Mandela addressed the crowd. Russia hosted a concert as well.
The Live 8 concert came to Philadelphia twenty years after the city
hosted the historic Live Aid concert.
Some of the artists who performed in Philadelphia included Alicia Keys,
Black Eyed Peas, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Maroon Five, Sarah McLachlan, and P. Diddy.
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