By Clive Young
New York (July 13, 2005)–Just 10 days prior to the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, the same organizers, and many of the same artists, reunited for Live 8, a series of massive concerts held in 10 cities around the world. Spearheaded by Live Aid founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the shows presented top names in music in an effort to focus public pressure on political leaders at the G8 summit, raising mass support for relief to Africa. Days later, those leaders pledged to double aid to Africa and clear the debts of 18 African nations–measures that are expected save more than 10 million lives as a result. It was an ambitious payoff for an equally ambitious day of music.
Across the Atlantic, Italy hosted its concert in Rome’s Circo Massimo, presenting such acts as Duran Duran, Faith Hill and Zucchero on an otherwise largely homegrown roster. Outfitting that event’s audio needs was Rome-based Limelite, which fielded hardware by Outline of Brescia, including 24 H.A.R.D. 212 SP monitors, 20 Butterfly Hi-Packs, 8 Victor Live subwoofers, 12 T6.5 power amps and two Genius 26 signal processors.