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Live Aid

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Jonathan Leonard

on 7 June 2013

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Transcript of Live Aid

By Jonathan Leonard Live Aid Bob Geldof
Midge Ure The Big Picture Started By
: The Main cause was to raise money for the starving
people in Africa in the 1980's
Two songs before the concert were created by the people that would be performing Band Aid-Do They Know It's Christmas Time and USA for Africa- We Are The World
It was held on July 13 1985 in London's Wembley Stadium as well as Philadelphia's JFK Stadium
Many big name performers signed on to the event almost immediately including but not limited to: Queen, The Who, U2, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting, Led Zepplin, The Beach Boys, as well as Geldof's band The Boomtown Rats
It was an all day concert that started at 12 noon in London and 7 A.M. in Philadelphia
It started with the entrance of the Prince and Princess of Wales accompanied by the Royal Guards Queen Many say Queen's performance at Live Aid was voted by many as the greatest live performance of rock music.
The 20 minute set list included Bohemian Rapshody,
Radio GaGa, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions The Who This is the first time the Who had actually performed since 1982 as a group
They played with drummer Kenney Jones who was still offically a part of the band
During the song "My Generation" the tv camera feed fuse blew losing that and "Pinball Wizard"
They still performed "We Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Love Rain O'er Me"
It was described by Rolling Stone as "rough but right" U2 U2 was a relatively new name in 1985 but still they were popular all over the world as Jack Nicholson introduced them from JFK Stadium in Philadelphia when they performed at Wembley
It established them as a pre-eminent live group which they would eventually become superstars
Their setlist was shortened to two songs : "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Bad" because it included ( snippets of "Satellite of Love", "Ruby Tuesday", "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Walk on the Wild Side") Other Notable Acts Phil Collins, formerly of Genesis, performed first atWembley and then JFK by use of the now extinct Concorde Jet Airline that traveled at supersonic speeds
Local Philly bands that made it big played at JFK, most notable George Thorogood and the Destroyers but the other band included The Hooters
David Bowie, Elton John, Dire Straits, Sting, Eric Clapton, The Cars, and Mick Jagger were among some of the other performers Absent Artists Some artists who performed on either the Band Aid single or The USA for Africa single but didn't perform at the concert were: Bruce Springsteen(who thought the concert was not going to be as big as it was), Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, AC/DC, Tears for Fears
Michael Jackson did not perform as well as Prince(but he recorded a version of "4 The Tears in Your Eyes" that he wanted to be played at the concert but it never was played. Quiz Time 1. T/F Bruce Springsteen performed at Live Aid
2. Who had the idea of Live Aid?
3. T/F Phil Collins played in Philadelphia and London
4. What songs performed by the Who were lost due to a power outage?
5. T/F Queen's performance changed live music Sources BBC news stories about the Live Aid DVD
Unofficial Behind the Scenes site
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