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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July 2005, 02:04 GMT 03:04 UK
Live 8 blog: Part three
Paris concert
Thousands of people are at concerts around the world
Our reporters were at the Live 8 concerts around the world to bring you all the gossip and atmosphere from the big day.

So for all the news behind the scenes, follow our live blog with entries from our reporters, performers and fans at the concerts.


0100, James Coomarasamy, BBC News, Philadelphia
The question I was asked most often was why I was over here and not in Hyde Park. But even though the line up had an impressive array of talent... few had the combination of name recognition or the commitment to the African debt cause as many of those who were in London.

0010, Ian Youngs, BBC News, Hyde Park
The show in London has ended after 10 hours and 25 acts. The finale was a version of Hey Jude featuring the day's stars. It must be the only time Mariah Carey and Dave Gilmour will share a stage.

The 200,000 fans are all making their way home - which could be tricky at this hour.

2301, Ian Youngs, BBC News, Hyde Park
Pigs are flying. Pink Floyd are back together and flying pigs are on the screens behind them. Even those who know nothing about them know this is a pretty special moment.

2230, George Michael, speaking on BBC One
I got to say hello to Snoop Dogg earlier, amid his huge bodyguards. And Madonna was singing as well as I've ever heard her. The stupidity of people questioning this or whether it should have gone ahead is phenomenal.

2225, Ian Youngs, BBC News in Hyde Park
One of the best receptions of the day has been for Robbie Williams, who sung most of Angels with the fans as they were grabbing hugs and kisses. If America was watching, they must have been impressed.

2219, Anon, via text, Hyde Park
Please let the African children's choir [which performed with Mariah Carey] sing their own song as a finale.

2212, Christine Jeavans, BBC News, Hyde Park screen
Oh dear. Mariah Carey's diva behaviour, bringing her masseuse on stage to give her some water and asking for a microphone stand, did not go down well. Some fans booed her and there were ironic cheers when she finally got her mic stand.

2209, Ian Youngs, BBC News, Hyde Park
A message is being flashed up saying the show will finish after 2300 - more than hour and a half late. People are being urged to leave early.

2152, Ann C, in Orpington, via text
What's with the adverts in Philly? Can't the Americans live without them for a few hours? Not really in the spirit of the day, is it??

2148, Michael Clarke, via text
All this is rubbish about eight men. They're all elected by 'the people'. It's the electorate, not the leaders, who need to hear the message.

2138, Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic, speaking on BBC One
I came off stage and just screamed "let's go back out there!". It's too many people out there to actually fit in your eyes, so I just go to my happy place, which is the drag club I used to perform at in San Francisco.

2118, Philippa Thomas, BBC News, London
The concert is due to finish at 2130, but there are no signs of that happening, with the concert likely to go on for at least another hour. Behind the scenes organisers are becoming increasingly concerned at how everyone is going to get home tonight.

2114, Sir Paul McCartney, speaking to Jonathan Ross
I have actually said no to Bob Geldof before. We had a disagreement once and Pete Townsend said afterwards 'I love it when you show your teeth Paul'.

2057, Ian Youngs, BBC News, Hyde Park
As the sun sets, the clouds are giving way to blue skies. It was a close shave but it looks like we have escaped the rain.

2033, Christine Jeavans, BBC News, Hyde Park screens
Snoop Dogg came close but Madonna is the first person to get everyone watching on the big screens up and dancing. And people are still arriving to watch the concerts.

2024, James Coomarasamy, BBC News, Philadelphia
They've come to make poverty history, but many of them have arrived in stretch limos, hummers and what I can only describe as stretch tour buses. Perhaps it would have been hypocritical for America's rock and hip hop glitterati to swap their usual modes of transport for something more humble, but there's a certain incongruity to their over-sized cars weaving in and out of the golf carts which most of those working backstage are using.

Time and again, Bob Geldof, Bono and Nelson Mandela are name checked and - as a man with a South African accent begins talking to the press - a coffee salesman just outside our tent asks me excitedly whether it's Bob Geldof. I have to disappoint him.

2013, Daniel Lak, BBC correspondent, Toronto
This event is smaller than many around the world, but the crowd is responding enthusiastically to a line-up of well known local, national and international performers. The rock veteran Neil Young is expected to bring things to a close later on tonight.

2012, Tamsin Smith, BBC News, Paris
The gilded palace of Versailles, resplendent in it's elitist opulence, has perhaps never seen anything like today's concert. It's the ideal venue for Live 8 knocking on the doors of the wealthy and powerful demanding help for the poorest nations.

A massive stage obscures the gold plated gateway to the palace. Tens of thousands of people crowd into the courtyard normally thronging with tourists and rich Parisians walking their poodles.

Many kids have been here since early this morning wearing t-shirts of their favourite artists like Placebo, Muse and the Cure. But gaze over the excited audience and there are practically no banners with any political messages saying Make Poverty History.

1957, Alessandro, Rome
I think this is good and it's a summer party but I'm not sure anyone is really helped in the end. Politicians should control more where aid money goes to make sure it's in the right hands.

1952, Ian Youngs, BBC News at Hyde Park
To reinforce his message, Bob Geldof introduced a survivor of the 1984 Ethiopian famine. It was an emotional moment and proved to the crowd they could make a difference. But the embarrassed-looking young lady was then dragged around the stage by Madonna during her first song. The clash of serious message with frivolous pop suddenly became a little uncomfortable.

1938, Madonna, speaking on BBC One
I was so hyped up with adrenalin that I don't recall it actually happening. That was the biggest crowd I've ever played to and the closest to home I've ever played. I think my kids could hear me singing.

1935, Youssou N'Dour, at the Eden Project
This gig is really important. It's about us. Africa needs action, there's some problems there like everywhere, but I'm hopeful. I'm positive.

1928, Andrew, from Newcastle, at Hyde Park
I think Bob Geldof's done something really historic here today.

1925, Katya Adler, BBC News, Rome
All the roads around the arena have been cordoned off. Emergency services are on hand, but the crowd's only real complaint has been the sticky summer heat. They have, however, been regularly doused with water from the hoses laid on by the Live 8 organisers.

1920, Lucy, from East Sussex, at Hyde Park
I'm just here to watch the bands, really.

1912, Madonna, on stage at Hyde Park
Are you ready to start a revolution? Are you ready to change history? I said, are you ready?

1912, Polly de Blank, BBC News, Eden Project
After Youssou N'Dour's performance a helicopter flew overhead which we thought was to take him to his next performance in Paris. But it was surprise guest Dido who turned up to perform 'Seven Seconds' that had the whole crowd singing along. Then the really powerful moment came, when Youssou performed 'Africa' which brought tears to many faces in the crowd.

1901, Jo-anna, from London, at Hyde Park
Dido was amazing and when she was singing with that guy, singing 'Seven Seconds', it was amazing. Everybody's in such a great mood.

1844, Nick Miles, BBC News, Johannesburg
Nelson Mandela got the biggest cheer of the day when he appeared on stage to say that G8 leaders must not make hollow promises. There was a general feeling of scepticism in the crowd about what will happen in practice as a result of the concerts.

1831, Robbie Williams
I just got in off a plane from America yesterday and I'm a bit tired. I haven't done anything for two years, I haven't played a gig for two years.

1830, Ray Furlong, BBC News, Berlin
The shadows are slowly lengthening over the Tiergarten park here. After a raucous opening afternoon of music, the atmosphere is now mellowing with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys coming up next.

1825, Annie Lennox, speaking to Jonathon Ross
Africa is a can of worms. It's very, very complicated, but we have to make a start. We cannot walk away from genocide, which is what we've been doing. Thank God for Bono, thank God for Bob.


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