Monday, June 27, 2005

Geldof, You Bastard

Like a schoolboy seeking to gain favor by revealing a coveted secret, Live 8’s seemingly homeless organizer Bob Geldof unconscionably let slip some major details about the upcoming benefit concerts last week. Good work, Bobby, I’m sure there’s no greater feeling in the world than completely ruining the beginning, the end and the most anxiously awaited musical reunion of all time.

The Sunday Times (UK) quotes Geldof and a show’s spokesperson as saying Paul McCartney and U2 — dressed in Sgt Pepper costumes — will open the concert singing “It was 20 years ago today,” in reference to the Live Aid concert of 1985. there’s no suspense there. Well, how about what’ll happen at the end of the night, at least that'll still be a surprise, yes? Right on: “McCartney will return to the stage in London’s Hyde Park seven hours later to end the show by leading an ensemble rendition of The Long and Winding Road,” The Times reports.

And Pink Floyd’s reunion? Since we all know live music isn’t best when spontaneous, Bobby G. did us a favor and gave the public a sneak peek…you know, just to calm whatever rabid anticipation he had recently built: “[Geldof] also revealed that Pink Floyd, reunited with founder member Roger Waters for the first time in more than 20 years, will play three songs: Breathe, Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here.”

Unless this jerkstore is intentionally planting misinformation, I just don’t get it. But, as Geldof himself told reporters, those human lockboxes of rumor and gossip, “It will be a surprise for everyone.”

Hey, at least we now know Mikey Jackson won't be there...

Slack Song of the Day: Live Music Blogger Justin posted the site's sixth Jamcast this weekend, a collection of well-spliced tunes from Umphrey's McGee's recent sets at the Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and Summercamp music festivals.

Click here for the hour-long podcast, and click here for the setlist. Enjoy, I've never heard these guys so crisp.


At 11:55 AM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

"Sorry for the interupshin...My name is Bob Geldof and I ain't sellin' candy fo' no basketball team. I'm just tryin' to get some money in my pocket so I can stay outta trouble and off the streets...and put on an enormous concert to pressure G8 leaders fo' debt relief fo' po' countries. I got Peanut M&M's and Snicka's."

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

That happened to me last week on the B/D Train. Geldof stinks.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger TJ in OH said...

Go easy on the cat...he nearly shaved his fucking nipples off in The Wall and then made that guy from INXS so crazy he hanged himself. He's like Hanibal Lecter these days.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for real, be nice. this guy is an icon for the fucked up generation. i dont hear anyone giving him props for all the good stuff he does. don't be such a bunch of assholes.k


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