Sir Paul McCartney is keen to dispel the myth that Live 8 is a fundraising concert, insisting it is only about raising awareness.

Little money will be raised by the 10 concerts being held on Saturday (02JUL05) and next Wednesday (06JUL05) to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland, because all funds raised by ticket lotteries will go towards the cost of staging the gigs.

The former BEATLE says, "This is not a fundraiser. It is not about the money. It's a consciousness-raiser. It's about speaking out on behalf of African people being born this very moment into eternal debt."

30/06/2005 05:10