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'Why I decided to watch Live 8'
Annie Lennox and Bob Geldof at Live 8's London concert
Bob Geldof joined fellow performers onstage at London's Live 8 concert
Music journalist David Stubbs detailed why he would not watch the Live 8 concerts. BBC News website reader Paul Nugent explains why he chose to tune in.

It was thoroughly refreshing to read Mr Stubbs' word or two of sanity, reflection, balance and perhaps at times deeply routed cynicism, in these "emotionalist times".

I agree with him to a certain extent that being "browbeaten by multi-millionaires" can to some seem hypocritical.

I was not fortunate enough to truly remember the Live Aid phenomenon as I was only three years old in 1985.

I say fortunate, as I believe that the heart was in the right place behind that ultimately farcical parade of stars.

Can you truly believe that people were feeling overzealously "victorious" about the achievements you alluded to by clapping along to Radio Ga Ga, when moments later there was an undeniable human reaction to the true images of humans in distress?

Hyde Park

Was it not the purpose of Live Aid to shock people into realising the immediate plight of famine - and how we could do something in the here and now - not the African issue as a whole?

Was that objective not achieved in some small way?

I agree that to believe the pretence of rock irrevocably changing the whole world, is naive and absurd in the extreme.

If Live Aid was and still is portrayed as doing so, then I do not believe this view has been proliferated by the men and women who organised the event in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the relief and alleviation of hunger and thirst.

Twenty years on we had an event that was designed to bring to the fore the fact that problems still exist and can be solved.

So we come to the new here and now, with a view to the future.

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Thousands of people attended the Live 8 concerts
As Mr Stubbs so rightly said: "Today, Africa, if anything, is worse off."

This is has never been shied away from by the organisers of the Live8 concerts. If anything, it is the driving force behind it.

Can you really be so sceptical? Why can Geldof not use his "schmoozing influence" and inimitably bullish style to put pressure on the leaders of the G8, by showing that we are indeed watching, and expecting?

It worked last time, albeit for a different cause. If he shouts, and people follow, we should give credit where credit is due.

Bob Geldof is in a profession run by the spotlight but I believe he is using that to good effect.

He is, after all, human and we all take pleasure from acceptance and notoriety. Geldof is relishing the fact he has done something that matters to so many.

Concert 'a catalyst'

There will be an inevitable few who will never take on board the sincere reasons for holding such events, but we should all have the good faith in human nature to believe they are in the minority.

Not many are so naive to believe that a series of concerts will fix everything overnight. But this is but a catalyst.

If you show people the problems and show people that the solutions are within reach, they will be moved to act.

And what better way to bring people together than in the common language of all who dwell on this very special Earth - music?

Live 8 may be, by the nature of our society, a means of expression about stark difference in living standards, a truly bitter-sweet symphony, but nonetheless a symphony that we can all hear and hopefully all understand. I was one of them.




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