British rockers Status Quo have slammed Sir Paul McCartney's behaviour at the London Live 8 concert earlier this month (02JUL05) - because they believe he was determined to hog the limelight.

The ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD hitmakers played at 1985's Live Aid show and their request to play a song at the historic gig was snubbed by organiser SIR Bob Geldof

Singer Francis Rossi blames the egocentric actions of other stars for knocking Status Quo off the bill.

He says, "They all wanted to cherry pick when they could play. McCartney wasn't even satisfied with opening Live 8 with U2. He had to come back on later once he heard Pink Floyd were doing it because he didn't want to be upstaged.

"So playing with U2 obviously wasn't good enough for him. Add to that the lot of them onstage, including McCartney, at the end and he's been hogging the stage."

Rossi goes on to play down the impact of Geldof's initiatives to tackle famine, disease and poverty: "They could hold another Live Aid in 20 years and things will be the same.

"I don't know the answers to the problems of the world, but I know that playing a gig such as Live 8 isn't it. There was something off about the whole thing and what Bob Geldof was doing singing onstage if we couldn't play there, I'll never know."

28/07/2005 01:57