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LONDON -- Some of the world's biggest pop stars performed in Live 8 concerts around the globe Saturday night to help focus attention on world poverty. Hundreds of thousands of fans saw shows in 10 cities including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome, and Moscow with a television audience that organizer Bob Geldof said totaled 3 million. The London event, which sparked the others, lasted 10 hours in Hyde Park where Paul McCartney kicked off proceedings with "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," with help from U2. The Irish rockers played an early gig in the show and McCartney returned to play out the concert at midnight. Among the 24 acts performing in London were Madonna, the Who, Coldplay, Elton John, Dido, REM, Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey and the reunited Pink Floyd. Will Smith hosted the Philadelphia program where Destiny's Child, Jay Z and Bon Jovi also performed. Neil Young and Bryan Adams topped a bill at Barrie, Ontario in Canada and Bjork was the headliner in Tokyo.


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