On July 2, 2005, essentially twenty years after the landmark Live Aid shows took place in Philadelphia in 1985, Philadelphia hosted Live 8, which was another enormous benefit concert to help the world’s poor. The show took place on the steps of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
My wife (then girlfriend) Tiffani and my sister Jen went down to the see the spectacle. Needless to say it was both very cool but also very difficult. It was really cool to be a part of such an historic event and see such artists as Def Leppard, Dave Matthews Band, Natalie Portman, Will Smith, Maroon 5, Jennifer Connelly, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, and others. The entire list of performers (with internal links to each) can be found here. It was difficult to attend it because it consisted of many hours of standing in the blazing heat and very often shoulder to shoulder with other people; also transportation in and out of the area was horrendous! Surprisingly practically no crime occurred even though about a million people found their way to the Parkway. All in all it was a pretty cool experience and the photographs below document some of what I saw.
The official shirt: