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Live Earth
London Concert location
Location Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
Founded by Al Gore and Kevin Wall
Date July 7, 2007
Genre(s) Pop and Rock music
Website Live Earth UK Site


The Live Earth concert in the United Kingdommarker was held at Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker on 7 July 2007.

Running order

In order of appearance :



Coverage

Television

In Britain, the BBC provided live television coverage of the show on BBC Two, followed by BBC One later on, BBC Radio 1, and BBC HD. The television coverage was presented by Jonathan Ross (who was joined in the studio by various celebrity attendees throughout the day), with Graham Norton and Edith Bowman backstage. Coverage commenced at 1:00PM BST on BBC Two and concluded at 5:20PM continuing on BBC One at 5:30PM.

In Ireland, RTÉ Two provided live coverage starting from 12:30PM until 7:00PM, and then again from 9:30PM until 6:00AM the following morning.

In Canada, CTVglobemedia provided uninterrupted live television coverage of the show on MuchMoreMusic. Highlights of the show were featured on CTV throughout the day.

Online

MSN was responsible for the online broadcasting of the concert.

Notes

  • Presenter Thandie Newton, who was stuck onstage when the link to Al Gore wasn't up yet as Gore wasn't ready, made a gaffe "saying that you've been to Live Earth is as sexy as saying you're 'hung like a warlord'". She also recited a 'knock-knock' joke to the crowd.
  • Chris Rock's explicit language during the (pre-watershed) introduction of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers has already caused problems with Canadian TV networks and the BBC. Rock also used the word "Nigger" while being interviewed on BBC One by Jonathan Ross, alongside Ricky Gervais. Rock called the crowd "motherfuckers" and an angry Jonathan Ross stated that he heard what Rock said and apologize to the viewers. He was unrepentant in later NME interviews [509951]
  • It appeared that the Red Hot Chili Peppers experienced sound problems, as did Razorlight and Duran Duran.
  • The BBC interrupted the Bloc Party performance to show the Linkin Park performance of "What I've Done" from Tokyo.
  • The BBC displayed the incorrect song title for John Legend: they wrote his song title as Common People instead of Ordinary People (the former a song by the band Pulp).
  • The BBC missed the start of the Metallica set joining live halfway through the first song - then switched to Crowded House from Sydney just as they started to play Enter Sandman. This resulted in 413 complaints from Metallica fans who watched the concert from home. [509952]
  • While playing "Big Bottom," Spinal Tap were joined on stage by various bass players from bands that performed during the day, including Madonna's backing band, Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Spinal Tap referred to the bassists as being "every bass player in the known universe". The BBC did not show this part of the set live but later broadcast it as a 'highlight' from earlier in the day.
  • At the culmination of Terence Stamp's speech, Wembley Stadium was plunged into darkness as a symbolic gesture to encourage everyone viewing to save energy.
  • Madonna said "Come on motherfuckers, make some noise" during her introduction to "Ray of Light", as she did in most performances of the song during the Confessions Tour. She also brought on Gogol Bordello in the middle of her performance.
  • Phil Collins sang during Invisible Touch "And though she will fuck up your life, you'll want her just the same." Collins has sung this as part of many Genesis concerts.
  • During the Black Eyed Peas set, will.i.am's microphone wasn't being broadcast to the televisions
  • Corinne Bailey-Rae performed the Marvin Gaye classic Mercy Mercy Me during her set at the Wembley Stadium. Hours later, Alicia Keys performed the same song during her set at Giants Stadium.
  • Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel jokingly shouted "Hello Wimbledonmarker!" into the mic, after which David St Hubbins told him that they are in Wembley Stadium.


References

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/jul/09/broadcasting.bbc


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