Review: Jack Foley
"ARE you ready to change history?" asked Madonna at
the start of her explosive set at Live 8 in London.
It's a question that has yet to find an answer but the crowd
proved more than willing to play their part in trying to do so,
especially given the extra special nature of the queen of pop's
Madonna chose her tracks well, ensuring that they held some relevance
to the day, as well as reflecting the best of her back catalogue.
Opening number, Like A Prayer, was an absolute humdinger
and one of the certain highlights of the day.
Madonna appeared in a white suit and was accompanied by members
of the London Community Gospel Choir, who provided tremendous
vocal support to one of the singer's earliest hits.
The track was rich in emotion, contained plenty of musical layers
and was delivered with all the confidence and showmanship we have
come to expect from one of the world's biggest performers.
It was quickly followed by a souped-up version of Ray Of
Light that was rounded off with some impromptu head-spining
and body-popping from two freestyle dancers.
Madonna, too, cavorted and writhed
around the stage with an energy that belied her years, effortlessly
whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
And then came Music, the extended version of one of
her biggest hits that contains the telling lyric, 'music, makes
the people come together'.
Could there have been a greater show of solidarity for such a
line than the sight of 200,000 people swinging their arms and
singing at the top of their voices?
Music has indeed helped the world to come together to try and
make a difference to one of the biggest problems affecting the
It's now up to eight key figures to listen and perhaps do their
bit to make a difference and do something that might start to
ease the crisis.
Madonna certainly ensured that they have to take notice by delivering
one of the biggest spectacles of the Live 8 day that's sure to
become one of the biggest talking points.
Perhaps now the prayers of the people in Africa might start to
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