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John Plunkett of MediaGuardian.co.uk reports that the BBC has put out an apology after complaints from viewers that the set by METALLICA was not shown in full in its live coverage of the Live Earth concert from Wembley stadium in London, England.

The BBC was at pains to point out that the decision was not taken out of "prejudice about heavy metal music or any other music." Rather, it was a result of its efforts to broadcast from other Live Earth concerts from around the world.

To add insult to injury, however, the BBC misspelled the band's name on its complaints website.

"We received complaints from some viewers that the METALICA [sic] set was not shown in full," it said.

"This was a global event and we were keen to reflect the other concerts as well as the one in UK.

"We took editorial decisions in advance and on the day, about the times and places we would do that.

"Not all the tracks by every performer could be featured but we did transmit a full trail promoting our interactive coverage where digital viewers wanting to see the performances in full, could press the red button at any time.

"The concerts were very fluid in London and around the world and there was certainly no prejudice about heavy metal music or any other music; just a determination to do the best for the entire audience watching on BBC2 and BBC1 during the day.

"This is inevitably a fine balance and we cannot please everyone all of the time. However, we of course apologise if any particular viewers were disappointed."

One viewer, Cheryl Joyce from Northants, wrote to the Sun after the concert to complain. "I can't understand why METALLICA were cut short at Live Earth," she said. "They have a bigger following than most bands who were there."

Live Earth proved a ratings disappointment for BBC1, drawing less than a third of the audience that tuned in for the Concert for Diana the previous week.

Live Earth averaged 2.7 million viewers during its evening coverage, peaking with 4.5 million. The Diana concert peaked with 14.8 million.

Source: Blabbermouth

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Diamond Oz's avatar

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Live Earth was the biigest piece of sh** ever, second only to this half arsed apology.

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

i am not upset whatsoever about this, as i didnt watch any of live earth coverage....bummer to those who are...deal with it....

# Jul 16, 2007 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. VO writes:

HERE'S THE REAL DISAPPONTMENT...METALLICA PLAYED SAD BUT TRUE, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS AND SANDMAN!!
THIS WAS THE REAL SHAME....FOR ANYONE WHO HAS FOLLOWED THIS BAND CLOSELY AS I HAVE, THIS WAS THE SAME EXACT SET LIST THEY PLAYED AT THE CONCERT FOR FREDDY MERCURY. DOING THIS WAS VERY DUMB CONSIDERING WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING ON A NEW ALBUM FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS!! PLUS, IT CONTINUES TO VALIDATE WHY SO MANY PEOPLE BASH ALMOST EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE SINCE THE ALBUM THESE THREE SONGS CAME OFF OF. IT TELLS ME AS A BAND U FEEL TO ONLY PLAY MATERIAL FROM YOUR MOST POPULAR CD IS THE BEST THING TO DO, WELL IT ISN'T!!
I'M SURE THERE WERE ENOUGH MET FANS THERE WHO WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED BEING PRESENT FOR SOMETHING NEW.
I LOVE THESE GUYS, BUT THERE SET LIST CHOICES SHOULD BE REVALUATED.....AND AS FAR AS THE BBC IS CONCERNED..THERE WAS NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE..METALLICA...DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS ONE!!

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. JEFF DUDE. writes:

OH SORRY LADIES AND GENTS, SPOT OF TEA?

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jackrum writes:

oh tally ho, we here at the BBC are not prejudice against such music that you working class oiks like to punch each other to, we just feel that linsey lohan and natasha beddingfield are more suited even though they ahve less than a tenth of the number of fan Metallica have.

bbc, gutless sycophantic suck ups. 2 sh*te concerts in two weeks. no wonder the uk is a nation of binge drinkers.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 3:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

I'll drink to that!

In response to VO, if you watched the concert you would have seen that there were very little if any Metallica fans there and henceforth by playing three songs of the only album the twats who went have maybe bought, they at least made a few people happy. Although I would have loved to have heard Seek And Destroy, the hippies, university students and posers that attended the show would have just booed.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 4:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DeathInEye writes:

Fyi Diamond, not all university students are posers. I for one would've loved to hear Seek and Destroy as well. Stereotyping isn't very nice. :-)

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

Did I say they were? No I did f***ing not. I seperated the three into different groups.

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. brandedcfh420 writes:

VO, excellent post....even though we have disagreed on other threads, i will agree here with you....BBC need not apologize for this matter...

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. coldiem writes:

LOL, since when does going to university have anything to do with musical taste?

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. DeathInEye writes:

"Although I would have loved to have heard Seek And Destroy, the hippies, university students and posers that attended the show would have just booed." states that these groups you have named would not enjoy hearing songs such as Seek & Destroy. I was merely pointing out what coldiem is stating: getting an education has next to no influence on what music you enjoy. In fact, I even read a report in Decibel stating that intelligent people usually prefer rock/metal for its political and philosophical content. Maybe you should do more research before you stereotype.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

Yes I have read that report to. Let me ask you something, where are you from? Because if you're British you would know that the average uni student doesn't like metal and is more likely to listen to indie music. They are also the average type of people who would go to Live Earth for the fake cause that it is. Trust me, I've been to Uni's, the majority are like that. The one's who aren't would wait for the day after when Metallica did their own show.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. DeathInEye writes:

You're correct, I'm not British, but being British doesn't give you the right to declare that all university students would boo Metallica off if they played Seek & Destroy or other various songs from their good days. Most, MOST, university students here (United States) listen to Indie, emo, rap and R&B, but I acknowledge the possibility...even certainty considering I exist...that there are university students who appreciate good classic metal. I'm even certain they'll exist over there as well since I'll be studying there for 3 months this September.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. JEFF DUDE. writes:

IF ITS NOT SCOTTISH ITS CRAP!!!!!

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jackrum writes:

the metallers in uni campus's up and down the UK are rammed full of indie fans and pretentious ****'s who think that metal is for the working classes, i.e if you like metal then why are you in the class studying, you should be sweeping the halls you commoner.
there are uni metallers, but unfortunatly they are the minority.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Diamond Oz writes:

Thank you for understanding what I was saying Jackrum! What the f*** are you coming to a British uni for though Deathineye? Over here we're in awe of American education!

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. JEFF DUDE writes:

AMERICAN EDUCATION SUCKS THAT IS WHY MOST PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT ARE JUST WACKED. WE ARE ALL WACKED OVER HERE BUT HEY AT LEAST WE GOT METAL AND YOUR FINE EUROPEAN BEERS.

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. DeathInEye writes:

I'm mostly going over there to make myself more diverse. I'm a creative writing major and most of my favorite writers are from Britain. The other reason is I'm handicapped and was told you guys are fairly accessible. Of course I'm going by word of mouth. :-) Btw, I wasn't trying to pick any fights. I just hate it when people reduce metal to a juvenile fascination. I know you weren't doing this, but it was simply too tempting to pass. I'm truly looking forward to devastating my dormatory with some nice fvcking metal. \m/

# Jul 19, 2007 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. psythe writes:

No, no - Diamond has it. The average Uni student really IS an indie, hip-hop obsessed poser with only slight delvings into classical rock, if any. And more often than not, the small number of people who DO listen to metal listen to bad metalcore... Well, at my uni, anyway, hahah.

And if you want to be in awe of education, check out the Japanese universities, man. Those poor bastards have to learn near four THOUSAND characters (as opposed to the English alphabet's mere 26) for their studies...

# Jul 20, 2007 @ 3:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah man Japan is #1 for most things haha!

Deathineye, I think we've got to a point now where what's needed to be said has been said, I've stated my points as you've stated yours and frankly it's all been over one big misunderstanding. However I forewarn you, British Uni students (on average) are twats. Of course there's decent people who go to Uni but for the most part don't expect much less than a bunch of posers pretending to be the next Che Guevera.

Now playing: Billy Swan- I Can Help (Sorry but country music f***ing rocks!)

# Jul 20, 2007 @ 4:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Jackrum writes:

Ah yes, the che guevara t shirt wearing muppets of the college/uni, yet corner them on the capitalism behind the very t shirt they are wearing and they just cant hack it and start getting abusive..

# Jul 20, 2007 @ 7:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Diamond Oz writes:

True that true that. Bastard commie wannabes. I won't start on the commie thing again 'cause there's plenty of that in the Chris Cornell leaves Audioslave thread.

Now playing: House Of Pain- On Point

# Jul 21, 2007 @ 6:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Jackrum writes:

politics and metal should never be mixed.. that is all..

i was suprised to hear that metallica were going to be playing that concert, but oh well..

np slayer

# Jul 21, 2007 @ 9:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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