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Old 08-02-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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(08-02-2006) Rumor: U2 to Play Melbourne Charity Gig -- 7 News*

Rumor: U2 to Play Melbourne Charity Gig

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Music supergroup U2 is planning to mix pleasure with politics on its November tour of Australia. . The band was said to be planning a Live 8-style concert to coincide with a meeting of world economic leaders in Melbourne.

The third concert would be aimed at sending a message to 20 of the world's finance ministers, who will be in Australia for the G20 economic summit.

Like the Live 8 concert in London last year, the U2 gig will support the Make Poverty History campaign, a cause close to the heart of singer Bono.

The event would be Australia's largest ever charity concert.

U2's Australian promoter Michael Coppel was unavailable for comment today, but it seemed a date was already set.

The band has a booking with Telstra Dome for November 21, just days after its already sold-out Melbourne concerts.

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The Herald Sun has the following information about the rumored show:

U2 may play in a free concert coinciding with November's G20 economic summit in Melbourne.

A concert has been booked for November 17 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, modelled on last year's Live8 concert in London. As with Live8, the free concert would raise awareness of the Make Poverty History campaign.

U2 leader Bono has supported the campaign in the past. A music industry insider says U2 scheduled its return to Melbourne around the G20 summit, and has kept the night of November 17 free.

The band will play at sold-out shows at Telstra Dome on November 18 and 19. If they do play free, the gig may have to be moved to a bigger venue.
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G20?

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G20?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G20_industrial_nations
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I saw this last night on 7 news too, but it hasn't come up on any other news service and none of the news wires online...so hmm!

The booked 21st date could just have been a contingency for a third concert
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G20_industrial_nations
I've heard of the G8, I just hadn't heard G20 yet.

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From todays (Aug 5) The Age (Melbourne)

"Australia is experiencing a concert boom, with music fans young and old snapping up tickets to both nostalgia acts and buzz bands.
A huge line-up of marquee acts, including U2, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, will come our way later this year, which combined with a huge Make Poverty History concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl... U2, which rescheduled its Australian tour to coincide with the G20 economic summit in Melbourne, is on the wish list for the charity concert, which is being organised by the Australian branch of Make Poverty History for November 17"

http://www.theage.com.au/news/music...4198334325.html

And from MPH Australia website:
"This makes the Melbourne meeting of the G20 on November 18 and 19 even more important. As a build up, there'll be actions for students, a global attempt on the Guinness Book of Records and a massive concert on November 17"

Interesting!
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Interesting indeed. And cool
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