Friday, February 24, 2006

Geldof is Hero Of The Year!


ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 pay tribute to the Live8 man

Bob Geldof has been named the Hero Of The Year at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006.Readers of NME and NME.COM voted for the singer ahead of Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Liam Gallagher and Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner in the category.

Last year saw Geldof make a huge stand against global poverty with the staging of the Live 8 concerts across the world which were attended and watched by 3.8 billion people and featured performances from Paul McCartney, U2, The Killers, Coldplay, REM, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Destiny's Child, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs Madonna and the reformed Pink Floyd.

Following the concerts, the subsequent G8 summit promised to give $50 billion more aid per year by 2010, AIDS drugs to all those who need them, care for all AIDS orphans and debt cancellation for 18 countries.

And as if that wasn't enough!

Live8 wins Best DVD prize

Bob Geldof collects the gong at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006

Bob Geldof has accepted the Best DVD award for Live8 - and was introduced by his old pal Bono. The U2 singer presented Geldof with the award via a video link-up, where he said that he was glad Geldof hadn't told him to "fuck off" when the idea to re-create Live Aid was touted last year.

Live8 - which was held last July in London Hyde Park and other cities across the world, saw stars including Madonna, Pink Floyd, Razorlight and The Killers unite to call for debt relief.

The subsequent DVD set compiles 120 performances, adding unseen backstage footage, messages and documentaries.Other nominees in this category included 'Dig!', Green Day: Bullet In A Bible', 'Kaiser Chiefs: Enjoyment' and Morrissey: Who Put The M In Manchester?'.