50 Cent has pulled out of a scheduled performance in Philadelphia for Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert due to scheduling conflicts. The G-Unit general was expected
to perform at the concert, which is the follow-up to 1985's Live Aid concert, which raised millions for famine relief efforts in Africa.
According to what a publicist for 50 Cent told the Associated Press, the rapper had to remove himself from the concert's bill because scheduling for his forthcoming film, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," which is shooting in Toronto, conflicted with the show's date.
Instead of 50, fans will be able to catch Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, P. Diddy, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, and Dave Matthews Band, among others scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia concert. A publicist for Live 8 told the AP that additional lineup announcements were planned for Thursday (June 16).
Geldof has organized five simultaneous Live 8 concerts for July 2, as a means to raise awareness about African debt relief, according to MTV. The events will precede the two-day G8 summit, which is set to begin on July 6 in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Concerts in Southwest England, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, which will feature Peter Gabriel, and another in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 6 will coincide with the other Live 8 events.
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