Five ‘Live Aid’ Shows Announced

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It's official. The long-rumored "Live Aid" shows are a go for July 2nd. Five concerts in all will happen simultaneously in five different cities around the world. Tickets for all five shows will be free.

The Museum of Art in Philadelphia is the U-S venue for the shows, all of which are under the banner of Live 8. Other venues around the world include London's Hyde Park, Circus Maximus in Rome and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. According to the A-P, negotiations are underway to have the Paris show at the Eiffel Tower.

Performers for the U-S show are Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy; the London show will feature Paul McCartney, R.E.M., U2, Coldplay and Madonna; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson will play in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome.

Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof held a press conference today in London to announce the concert plans. Explaining why the concerts would be free, Geldof said: "We don't want people's money. We want them."

The Live 8 concerts are being used to raise awareness about world poverty. The name is a nod to the G8 conference of eight of the world's richest nations happening in Scotland on July 6th through the 8th.

Information about tickets was not yet announced.