Live 8

While I was reading and graduating and hanging out in Maine this weekend, Live 8 was going down. Reading up on the event on MTV.com and other such sites, I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t even think to tape it. But, the Internet, wonderful invention that is—Thanks, Al!—has allowed me to check out some of the choicest clips and as a music-lover I can honestly say that I’m pretty blown away by how amazing some of these performances were.

That it was all for a good cause is just icing on the cliche.

Paul McCartney’s pairing with U2 on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has to be my favorite of the stuff I’ve heard, though the prize for most emotionally powerful probably goes to the reunited Pink Floyd’s rendition of “Wish You Were Here”, which was dedicated to Syd. There were surprisingly good performances by Jay-Z with Linkin Park as well as Madonna and Coldplay. Green Day and R.E.M. were predictably good. And I’m looking forward to checking out much, much more.

It warms my heart to think that there are people out there who still have faith in their ability to effect change. The size of the crowds present in the videos I’ve seen is simply staggering. I found myself wondering, while watching a bit of the London show, if JonMartin might have been there. I don’t know anyone close by to the Illadelph, so I didn’t wonder about that.

Cool stuff. If you haven’t seen any of it, direct your browser to the AOL Music site. I’m sure they’ll eventually put out a DVD boxed set, like the Live Aid one I bought Dad for Christmas, but for now these little clips will do.