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Moscow Hosts Live 8 Show for Africa

July 2, 2005

MOSCOW (AP) _ Twenty years ago, Muscovites heard little or nothing about the Live Aid concerts for African famine relief, because of the Soviet Union’s tight information controls. But on Saturday, the Russian capital hosted a Live 8 concert of its own.

Spectators pressed into long lines to pass through metal detectors and hundreds of police and troops lined streets near Red Square where the Pet Shop Boys and Russian rock bands were performing. Tens of thousands jammed into a square in the shadows of the Kremlin under overcast skies as Russian rock group Moralnyi Codex opened the show.

The Moscow concert was one of 10 being held worldwide with hundreds of musicians in an effort to raise awareness of African poverty and pressure the world leaders to do something about it at a G-8 summit in Scotland next week.

Concerts were being held in Group of Eight countries _ the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia. A concert is also being held in South Africa and a tenth, all-African show was being staged in southwest England.

The concerts are a follow-up to the Live Aid shows in 1985 which raised millions for African famine relief.


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