For those of you who have asked, here are Sassy Travels highlights of Live8:
Sassy dedicated a full work day (8 straight hours) to watching the various concerts around the world. And it was totally worth it! I laughed, I cried - it was better than Cats. [That's J-Jive for: "It was the bomb!"].
Anyway, we plugged my Notebook into the 42" plasma and switched back and forth between the AOL live streaming feed and MTV's coverage. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love living in the 21st century! The ability to choose which concert we wanted to watch at any given moment was awesome. After all, I wasn't really interested in Andrea Bocelli's performance in Paris (or Faith Hill's in Rome, for that matter). C'mon! Snoop Dogg was tearing down da house in London! So, one click of the mouse and away we went to London! It was really a good use of the technology available to us today.
Anyway - based on the performances we saw, let's hand out the Sassies, shall we?:
Best Female Performance: The Sassie goes to Sarah McLachlan. This woman's voice is simply amazing. The set was bit melodramatic [...in fact, Sassy and the Cap'n had to click over to a different concert because we were getting bummed out....] but we can't overlook Sarah's ability to take command of the stage by simply singing.
Oh yeah.....I thought Madonna's set was great too but I can't give her the award, on principal:- The not-so-subliminal kabbalah messages flashing in the background got on my nerves. Also, I began to feel a little uncomfortable on behalf of the poor African chick Madonna was dragging around the stage. I could almost hear the young lady saying: "Great. Geldof saves my life 20 years ago and now I have to put up with this shit?" Moving on....
Best Male Performance: Ben dancing to "Summertime" by Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff. Great moves! I mean, that perfect pirouette at the end was particularly prize-worthy.... [Oh wait. The Editors inform me that, sadly, Ben is not eligible to win this prize because he is affiliated with Sassy Travels. Alright, alright...] This Sassie goes to Sting. Way to rewrite a song and make a point....And thanks for playing classic Police!
Best Group Performance: The Sassie goes to Green Day. These guys never disappoint. Actually, The Killers could have won this category if they had performed more than one song....(by the way, that singular performance ROCKED!)
Best Host Performance: Will Smith. My first crying jag started around 12:34 p.m., when Will asked us to snap our fingers in unison every three seconds to mark the loss of an African child's life (yeah....every three seconds). Sobering shit....
Best Comedic Performance: Ricky Gervais (some of you may know him from the HILARIOUS British sitcom "The Office") telling everyone in Hyde Park that they could go home early because George Bush and Tony Blair called and said they would cut a check. Funny shit....
Best Old Fart Performance: Pink Floyd. Can you believe these guys? I mean, they look like they should be hanging out at the yacht club playing gin rummy - not rendering perfect performances of "Breathe" and "Comfortably Numb" and "Money"! Friggin' flawless!
Award for Overall Stand-Out Performance: Yep. You guessed it. This Sassie definitely goes to Linkin Park & Jay-Z. Their collaboration was simply INCREDIBLE! Energetic! Electric! Unifying! Heck - there's no point trying to describe it. Go on AOL Music and watch it for yourself.
Shout Out Sassies [i.e. Honorable Mentions] go to Coldplay (in collaboration with Richard Ashcroft). Watching one of my fave bands perform one of my all-time fave songs ("Bittersweet Symphony") was cool.
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