A view of the crowd at Wembley Stadium in London, July 7, 2007
So what did we learn from LiveEarth? Probably that musicians telling people to save the world and make a difference is as embarrassing now as it has ever been. Spinal Tap were great though, complete with a mandolin solo that cut out half way through the great thing for them is they can always just claim this was part of act.
There is a definite sense of climate change becoming on a par with global terrorism as the major political issues of the day. And events like LiveEarth, which were all about raising awareness of the cause, underline how far we have come since the early noises about green house gases in the 1960s. But whether Snow Patrol telling us to recycle has any effect on a deeply cynical population remains to be seen. Personally I thought Spinal Tap gave the best advice of the day: If you're anything like us, you are a carbon-based life form. So whatever you do, don't exhale. We've had quite enough of that.