The response from Tripwire readers regarding our editorial on the lack of quality television coverage of last weekend’s Live 8 concerts was overwhelming. With some of the greatest musical performances in recent history, such as Richard Ashcroft teaming up with Coldplay or the long-awaited reunion of Pink Floyd, music fans were outraged with the lack of concert footage on US television. The countless hours of unnecessary banter and interviews completely overshadowed the magnitude of Live 8.
In a surprising turn of events, MTV and VH1 announced that they will rebroadcast a combined total of 10 hours of performances tomorrow. The rebroadcast of uninterrupted performances will be commercial free, which is how the coverage should have been in the first place. VH1 will air its Live 8 coverage from 10am to 3pm, while MTV will from 3pm to 8pm.
Both networks will feature performances by U2, Pink Floyd, Orchestra Baobab, Coldplay and Sir Paul McCartney. MTV’s coverage will also include Linkin Park, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kayne West and Green Day. VH1 will feature Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Maroon 5. We can also expect to see Destiny's Child, Madonna, Dido, R.E.M., Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams and The Who.