Live Earth Hits and Misses

The greatest surprise performance at the 24-hour Live Earth was not Kanye West and John Mayer joining the Police on “Message in a Bottle.” Hell, no. It was Spinal Tap (reunited) with some help from Metallica (they actually laugh) bringing down London’s Wembley Stadium with hits like “Stonehenge” and “Big Bottom.” Madonna’s gypsy-hobo-punk performance — fully choreographed — of “La Isla Bonita” with Eugene and Serge from Gogol Bordello was also surprisingly excellent (watch after the jump).

MSN reports that the Live Earth Web simulcast resulted a single-day record 9 million streams launched. It will be interesting to see if it experiences continued traffic over the next few weeks as the Live 8 site did in 2005 — before viral video and YouTube embeds became viewer’s choice.

Good LA Times coverage of Live Earth here.

12 more videos after the jump include Live Earth performances from Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, Roger Waters, Beastie Boys, Corinne Bailey Rae & John Legend, Metallica, Snoop Dogg, and more…

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Fourth of July ’07

An action-packed 4th kicked off with San Francisco Mime Troupe’s hilariously frustrating — and at times insulting and painful for any viewer — Making a Killing. The 90 minute, multi-act satire was a winning, only-in-SF type of show — the troupe (they weren’t silent mimes) backed by a very capable band.

The fun continued at a combination of parties / barbecues in Mission Dolores Park, followed by the live footage of Miguel on the Slip n Slide (see video below) and concluding with views of the fireworks from the Twin Peaks view point (again, see video).

More great slip n slide photos here.