My Live8 A little Late, But Stevie was Great.

I did venture out to Live8 for the whole concert and I was actually impressed with how it went. Yes the bands were geared toward the younger crowd, and the younger crowd showed up in full force, but over all it was a surprisingly good experience.
We left my house at 10am, the night before we thought, for some odd reason, that this would be an ok time to leave. After watching the news when we woke up and seeing the throngs of people, I became worried.

I did venture out to Live8 for the whole concert and I was actually impressed with how it went. Yes the bands were geared toward the younger crowd, and the younger crowd showed up in full force, but over all it was a surprisingly good experience.
We left my house at 10am, the night before we thought, for some odd reason, that this would be an ok time to leave. After watching the news when we woke up and seeing the throngs of people, I became worried.
We walked over, I loved the fact that I live a few blocks from the concert, no commute, no worry about parking :) The site seemed packed and it was hard to move through the crowd. But after getting adjusted to the people and movement we found a spot to sit in the trees right close to the stage.
Most people were sitting, the college kids were drinking, people were playing cards. It was somewhat low-key, and I thought the whole event felt more like an outdoor picnic than a concert. When I look at the images from the concert it seemed a whole lot more packed then it was. Someone at the concert heard an estimation of 75,000 people, and this was at 2pm. Honestly from where we were sitting, it didn’t seem unreasonable. I hadn’t walked around
When the concert started, I became pretty disappointed in our “seats” The sound was very muffled and echoey due to the speakers in front of the stage and the ones behind us. The jumbotrons usually showed the starving kids in Africa, and not the musicians. When the presenters spoke we couldn’t understand, and the general complaint by most people was that the bands didn’t play crowd pleasing songs, some acts were too mellow. I thought that if they focused more on the entire crowd, of which most would not know all the bands or their songs, and instead of playing new songs, played their hits or play covers of popular songs, they’d have more of the crowd in it. The most depressing part of the concerts were when the artists would trying to start a sing along, or a return, the artist would ask the audience to repeat after them, and no one would.
The funny part of the concert was righr when the music started. People wanted to see so they decided to climb on top of the porta-potties. This ended up crushing the roof, and causing them to cave in. Which left a bunch unusable, and if you decided to try one out, you had to duck to fit in.
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We ended up moving close to the stage to watch Stevie Wonder, and once we moved closer the concert was that much better. The sound was great, and the people were more into the music.
STEVIE WONDER was amazing. The whole crowd was dancing, little kids on dad’s shoulders were clapping along. Everyone, it seemed, loved Stevie. He rocked the house, and eventhough I wished for a multi-artist finale, Stevie left me with a thrill I hadn’t felt from a concert in a long time.
All in all the Live8 show went well, I only heard 8 chants of E-A-G-L-E-S, I had to explain to my NY friend that when Philly people get drunk they like to spell. I’d give the concert a 8 out of 10 from my personal taste.
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