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Elton John World News: Live 8 DVD Set is Expected in Two Months

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Tuesday 6 September 2005 @ 17:42 - GMT

One day before Elton's Christmas Party is released (see September 6, 2005's News Item, ''Captain Fantastic 2''), a four-DVD Live 8 set will be available, according to NME.

November 7 is when fans can check out footage of the historical concert, which took place simultaneously at nine worldwide venues on July 2.

Three discs of the package will feature performances taken from the Live 8 shows staged in London and Philadelphia alongside key highlights from the seven other events staged across the world. Every artist who performed at Londons Hyde Park  (including Elton and Pete Doherty) and Philadelphias Museum Of Art appears on the DVD.

Footage from the Philadelphia leg of the event will include Kaiser Chiefs, Destiny's Child, Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder.

Disc 4 will have exclusive extras, featuring a never-been-seen backstage documentary filmed at Hyde Park, Pink Floyds Live 8 reunion rehearsal, more acts from Live 8s global concerts such as Bjork in Tokyo, films by The Who and Travis and a contribution from Ricky Gervais.

The special features section will offer highlights from Edinburghs Final Push concert at Murrayfield Stadium on July 6, which will include performances from James Brown and The Proclaimers.

Single disc sets for the Paris, Berlin, Rome and Toronto Live 8 concerts will also be made available.

Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof said: I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be. More importantly perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty.

A generous royalty from the sales of the DVD is set to go to the Band Aid Trust for the relief of hunger and poverty in Africa.