I'm being pretty facetious here. Maybe it's just my jaded nearing-30 outlook. But the idea that a group of concerts throughout the world will somehow make a group of some of the most powerful policy makers in the world stop thinking about their own agendas and care about the world at large is pretty damned pie-in-the-sky. I thought the point was to get the best of each country to play in their home country? Why the FUCK are the Pet Shop Boys playing Moscow? Why is some utter shit American band like Good Charlotte representing Japan? Why is the list of celebrity presenters for the Philly show nearly as long as the play list?
Tell me again why the Spice Girls weren't okay but Destiny's Child is?
Add the silliness of the concept (shocking that Bob "no really, I'm brilliant" Geldof was the impetus) to the fact that this is a global playlist of bands I would NEVER listen to in the first place, let alone go out of my way to watch/see and you've got one big "huh?" for people like me.
Distributing its broadcast through Time Warner and Viacom is really brilliant as well. Only the behemoths are allowed to broadcast our CONCERT TO HELP EVERYONE STOP STARVING. Only the richest companies will benefit. And we're only going to do it by grovelling to the powers that be. That's a real message for tomorrow there, folks. Just keep asking nicely and maybe someday someone with power might pay attention. This sort of thing is so that people who don't actually do anything to solve the issue can still pat themselves on the back for trying. This is a feel good, not a do good.
Apparently people honestly gave a shit about the concert, about the performers, about Pink "I think I'm supposed to think this is cool and therefore I do" Floyd. I guess I get that on a conceptual level. The way I would if I read about characters in a book, far removed, being interested in such a thing.
Out of the whole playlist for all the countries... uhm...
Annie Lennox has a great voice
I think Chris Cornell is good when he isn't involved with Audioslave, which is who played.
Faithless is fine.
Roxy Music and Duran Duran I both have 80's music softspots for.
Stevie Wonder I don't hate and Sarah McLachlan I know Karl enjoys (but too much 90s radio has left me cold)
And uhm.. a few others that I'm sure I would like (but probably the list from Johannesburg which is all orchestral/pan African music).