Taking on Live-8, the couch, the Village People | SummitDaily.com

Taking on Live-8, the couch, the Village People

CHRIS KORNELISsummit daily news
Chris Kornelis

It was a well-lit weekend, with plenty of events around the county. But the best seat for the weekend’s biggest concert was on the couch. Saturday’s Live-8 – broadcast live from London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Barri, Canada, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow – featured Paul McCartney, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and countless others.As much fun as it was seeing the Village People at Copper, I kept thinking about the Coldplay set, featuring Richard Ashcroft of the Verve, that I had missed earlier in the morning.I wasn’t completely put off by constant breaks from entertainers – who breaks from the Dave Matthews Band to listen to attendees tell of their trip into town from the suburbs? We get it: The million or so attendees in Philadelphia all came from different places, now can I please hear the rest of Green Day’s take on Queen’s “We Are the Champions.”

The performance was a fitting tribute to the late Fredie Mercury and company, whose performance at the original event, Live Aid in 1985, was nothing short of historic.Pink Floyd’s reunion – it had been almost 25 years since the band performed together – was the highlight of the show. Not even McCartney’s set could hold a candle to seeing Roger Waters and David Gilmour running through “Breathe,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and other classic Floyd tunes.Thanks to the magic of technology, Live-8 performances can be viewed at http://www.aol.com. On that note, it won’t be much longer till you will be able to view video of local events and concerts at http://www.summitdaily.com.

SceneI did manage to tear myself away from Live-8 to check out the Village People at Copper, Saturday.As much as people like to spoof on the Village People, the band is a disco survivor. Few, if any, other acts who were born in the disco era – we’re not talking about the bands that adapted to disco fever and conveniently fell off the wagon – survived hair bands, grunge, hip-hop, rap-rock and stay on the road with Cher for two years on her farewell tour.The six extremely energetic performers sang to a track of their ’70s hits and stepped through loosely choreographed moves.

The show was slightly tongue-in-cheek, and it was obvious, as the members of the band poked fun at themselves, that they didn’t take the act too seriously.Live-8 derailed my intentions of bringing the early word on the winter holidays. I’m all over it next week.Chris Kornelis’ column runs every Friday. He can be reached at ckornelis@summitdaily.com or (970) 668-3998, ext. 216.

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