BOB GELDOF: No Plans For 'Live Aid II'

May 31, 2004

Reuters is reporting that Irish rock star Bob Geldof has denied he has teamed up with U2 singer Bono for a repeat of the 1985 Live Aid concerts to raise money to help ease third world debt.

The Sun newspaper had earlier run a front page story saying Prime Minister Tony Blair was backing "Live Aid II", which would be fronted by rockers ROBBIE WILLIAMS, OASIS, RADIOHEAD and COLDPLAY.

Geldof, the brains behind the original concert to relieve famine in Ethiopia, said in a statement: "I told the Sun this afternoon it was not true. This only serves to undermine the concerted efforts of those concerned with the tragedy of poverty in Africa."

"However, if the Prime Minister wants to organise a Live Aid II, then good luck to him," Geldof added.

The 1985 event, featuring performances by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, QUEEN, THE WHO and LED ZEPPELIN, raised 60 million pounds with simultaneous concerts in Britain and the United States.

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