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.
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).
Last Friday we witnessed the hilarious and sweaty inaugural Labor vs. Capital Dodgeball Tournament in Santa Clara. Just the kind of back-breaking news you’d expect to come out of Silicon Valley. Fortunately, the entrepreneurs won, effectively socking enough stubborn venture capitalists with rubber balls to get back at even the most reticent of funders. August Capital’s David Hornik (of VentureCast fame) and Hunter Walk (YouTube/Google) organized the event and procured a half dozen plastic trophies for the winning team, unappetizingly named Backsweat. Everyone got bright orange t-shirts and Dodgeball DVDs as well as one stinky excuse to beat traffic and head home early.