Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Live Aid – 25 Years Ago Today.

Live Aid was a multi-venue concert that was held on 13 July 1985. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people)

and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 99,000 people).

On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated 2 billion viewers, across 60 countries, watched the live broadcast.

I have to say I sat in front of the telly from the first chord at Wembley to the last transmission from the US.

There is no doubt that to most people Queen were the highlight of the day, as a band they rehearsed a set specific to meet the time restrictions of the programme and as such their performance remains known as the “Queen Medley” 21mins of pure brilliance, here is part of the show.

Looking back many bands, particularly those of an 80’s vintage have gone from the scene but one band in particular used Live Aid to take them to a new level…………U2

As a massive fan of The Who I waited patiently for their arrival only for the satellite signal to fail leaving a disrupted set.

Unlike Queen The Who were to say the least under rehearsed and it was a lesson they learned well for in 2001 at the Concert For New York City post 9/11 they didn’t make the same mistake and turned in a performance which ranks as one of their best. Anyway here is the best from Wembley.

Finally here is one of my favourite performances David Bowie and “Heroes”

Did it change the world, I doubt it, but it did provide some quality entertainment and moved many into caring even if only for a short time.


July 13, 2010 - Posted by | New News, Video | , , , , ,

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