L-R: Jay-Z, along with Chester Bennington and Phoenix of Linkin Park. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images.
Following the use of hundreds of Audio-Technica microphones at 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 for Live 8 concerts aimed at raising awareness of poverty in Africa and promoting 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. alone, more than a half-million attended the event that was hosted by Will Smith and held in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Philadelphia venue featured performances by leading artists such as Jay-Z, A-T endorser Linkin Park as well as the legendary 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 the Audio-Technica 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 Live 8 performances include 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 throughout the Live 8 concerts.
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