COUNTRY STARS SING AT LIVE 8

The concerts will be staged all over the world this holiday weekend as a show of support for nations to work together to end poverty in Africa. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Keith Urban will be part of the star-studded lineup -- with Tim and Faith in Rome, and Toby and Keith in Philadelphia. "I very much believe in the issue," Keith told X Radio Networks,"and I particularly love the fact that it's not a charity-based event, that it's more an awareness-based event. Someone asked me about, 'Boy, isn't it tricky getting into politics?' and I don't see it as a political issue, I see it as a humanitarian issue. And, if you have a conscience, then you can't continue living with such a massive discrepancy between the world when it could be so readily fixed.”

Live 8 will be broadcast live on AOL, and MTV and VH1 will provide eight hours of live TV coverage throughout the day. ABC is planning to air a two-hour prime-time special Saturday night, and CMT and VH1 Classic will offer their own highlights specials on Sunday, July 3. Concerts are also being staged in London, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, and Johannesburg. Live 8 is taking place in conjunction with the G8 summit meeting in Scotland next month.

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