Today Elton joined Bob Geldof and Midge Ure at a London news conference to announce plans for Live 8.
It will consist of five concerts, to be held at London's Hyde Park; the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Berlin's Brandenburg Gate; Rome's Circus Maximus, and the vicinity of Philadelphia's Museum of Art.
The July 2 shows will be free, and the performers are to include Elton, U2, REM and Coldplay in England, with Stevie Wonder, Will Smith and Brian Wilson in the States. In the case of the former, tickets will be allocated in London on June 6 at 8 a.m. in a lottery, with winners to be informed by text messages to their cell phones. Those who aren't successful can still view the gigs via giant screens and on BBC television.
Elton said that he was very proud to be involved in an event drawing the''creme de la creme.'' He noted that this was even more important to him than Live Aid, having seen the situation in Africa himself earlier in the year.