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While I would have loved to see the cost of the items go to African relief, I highly doubt the performers made the “goody bags” a requirement of participation. They are a common giveaway at celebrity events, in an ironic twist of the “rich getting richer.” Someone with bad judgment thought this was a good idea . . .

'Live 8' Stars Got $12,000 Goodie Bags

Sunday, July 3, 2005 9:55 a.m. EDT

Rock stars who lent their talents to Saturday's "Live 8" concert to fight poverty in Africa reportedly performed for free, but that's only if you don't count the luxurious "goodie bags" that were provided by organizers at one venue.

In Philadelphia, each celebrity performer was treated to a Hugo Boss duffel bag loaded with high-fashion trinkets valued at about $3,000, according to The Associated Press.

 And that's not all.

The altruistic artists were also feted in a special luxury lounge, where they reportedly chose from an array of expensive parting gifts.

Some of the items scarfed up by the compassionate crusaders:

  • Hugo Boss suits, valued between $800 and $1,000 each

  • XM satellite radios and subscriptions worth $500

  • Gibson guitars costing $2,000 each

  • Bertolucci watches, valued between $1,500 and $6,000

    In all, a poverty-fighting rock star worth his salt could walk away with as much as $12,000 hunger relief loot, the AP said.

    "We want this to be a thank-you to the celebrities who are giving up their time and energies," explained Nicole Cashman, whose firm was tagged by organizers to put the pricey goodie bags together.

    No word yet on whether any of the leftover Hugo Boss suits and Bertolucci watches will be given to starving Africans.

    Its possible that Live8 turned out to be a big bust, how sad.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:36 PM | Back to top

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