LIVE8 A DAY WE'LL NEVER FORGET: IT WAS A DREAM; EXCLUSIVE Bob Geldof Delight at Success of Park Gig
Byline: By BARBARA DAVIES
BOB Geldof knew Live 8 was a dream come true the moment Sir Paul McCartney and U2 opened the Hyde Park gig with Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Sir Bob said last night: "There was all this optimism and hope that rock music had always promised - exemplified by the Beatles. All that, with the passion of U2.
"Everything came together at the moment. It was incredible. I know it's showbizzy, but even the most hardened people turned away and started crying."
For Geldof, there was also the realisation that three months of nonstop effort was about to end in triumph.
The full impact did not hit him until he arrived home at 3am.
He said: "I turned on the telly to watch the Philadelphia concert still going on. It was amazing. I just had no concept of what had been going on elsewhere."
Attention now is turned on Wednesday's G8 summit at Gleneagles - and hopes that the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations will pick up the people's message on aid to Africa.
Geldof said: "I hope the G8 will now feel the force of the gale that hit them on Saturday.
"The awareness about the pornography of poverty in Africa is enormous.
"There can't be a single person in this country who doesn't know that the G8 summit is taking place, and what the three issues are - trade justice, doubling aid and cancelling debt to the poorest continent in the world, where a child dies every three seconds because of poverty."
Like Live Aid 20 years ago, there was now a "tremendous feeling of goodwill" about Africa.
Geldof said: "It is now for the leaders in Gleneagles to act.
"What I think we got right was the balance between the music and the message."
Geldof revealed he had asked the Pope to attend or send a video message, but simply got a signed photograph in response. He added: "The point of the Live 8 and Make Poverty History coalition is that it's so vast that politicians can no longer take the p*** out of rock stars, when there are also economists and secular people saying the same thing."
After the Macca-U2 opening, another high point for Geldof was the sight of Pink Floyd back together after 24 years
He had phoned Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters to persuade them to patch up their bitter differences. Geldof said: "There's something about the Floyd that always makes you question your life. Seeing them together was one of the greatest moments of the evening."
It was 2am when he left Hyde Park, he finally got about four hours' sleep - and woke with a ferocious migraine. …