Singer/songwriter David Gray has slammed performers at last month's (02JUL05) Live 8 charity concerts for "patronising" their audience and having no real clue about world poverty.

The THIS YEAR'S LOVE hitmaker, 37, believes a majority of the celebrities taking part in the poverty awareness gigs in cities across the world didn't have genuine reasons for appearing on stage.

The gigs were organised by SIR Bob Geldof to put pressure on world leaders to alleviate debt in the developing world.

Gray says, "It's a garish sight to me to have people who don't know what they are talking about, patronising their audience about changing the world.

"I don't believe in soundbite politics."

Gray admits he would prefer to pay more tax so his government has more funding to assist poorer nations.

He explains, "Otherwise where does this money come from? World leaders? Do they go to the special 'world leader' pot and get the money? It's just... ridiculous."

04/08/2005 14:12