Following the use of hundreds of Audio-Technica microphones at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards and the strong presence of A-T mics at the 2005 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Live 8 was the third major broadcast event this year to employ Audio-Technica wireless and hard-wired microphones.
More than a million people assembled in cities across the world on July 2, 2005, for Live 8 concerts, which raised awareness of poverty in Africa and promoted aid for economic and social issues there. Concerts took place in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow and Barrie (Canada). In the U.S., more than half-million people attended the event in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia venue featured performances Jay-Z, company endorser Linkin Park and Def Leppard, all using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. The Tokyo Live 8 concert featured A-T endorser Good Charlotte, with Joel Madden performing on an Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, and Benji Madden on the Artist Elite AE6100 dynamic vocal microphone. Other artists that used Audio-Technica microphones for their Live 8 performances included Bryan Ferry in Germany and Kyo in Paris. In addition, a broad selection of Audio-Technica’s hard-wired microphones, including the AE2500, AE5100, AE6100, AT4041, AT4050, ATM35 and ATM25, were used.
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