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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:42 AM

34 Years Ago Today; Live Aid becomes Gen X's Woodstock (MANY Videos)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid



Live Aid was a dual-venue benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held simultaneously at 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 100,000 people).

On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Canada, Japan, Yugoslavia, Austria, Australia and West Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast, nearly 40% of the world population.

The impact of Live Aid on famine relief has been debated for years. One aid relief worker stated that following the publicity generated by the concert, "humanitarian concern is now at the centre of foreign policy" for western governments. Geldof states, “We took an issue that was nowhere on the political agenda and, through the lingua franca of the planet – which is not English but rock 'n' roll – we were able to address the intellectual absurdity and the moral repulsion of people dying of want in a world of surplus.” He adds, Live Aid "created something permanent and self-sustaining", but also asked why Africa is getting poorer. The organisers of Live Aid tried, without much success, to run aid efforts directly, so channelled millions to the NGOs in Ethiopia, much of which went to the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam – a brutal regime the UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to "destabilise" – and was spent on guns.

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Reply 34 Years Ago Today; Live Aid becomes Gen X's Woodstock (MANY Videos) (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Jul 13 OP
Ohiogal Jul 13 #1
Dennis Donovan Jul 13 #2
ProudMNDemocrat Jul 13 #3
Ohiogal Jul 13 #4
ProudMNDemocrat Jul 13 #8
IcyPeas Jul 13 #10
tavernier Jul 13 #5
hlthe2b Jul 13 #6
WhiskeyGrinder Jul 13 #7
Olafjoy Jul 13 #9
Duppers Jul 14 #11

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:53 AM

1. So many timeless performances!

I could watch Queen's again and again...... Wow has it been 34 years already.......

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 08:04 AM

2. Blows my mind it's been 34 yrs...

Everything about it seems like yesterday to me.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 08:31 AM

3. Another reason to watch BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.......Again....

Because it begins and ends with Live Aid, said to be one of the most iconic Queen performances EVER! The extra features has the full 22 minute set that was recreated for the film.

Last weekend at the SciFi convention I attended, my Freddie Mercury cosplay was a HIT. People saw me and started breaking out into "I Want To Break Free" and other Queen songs. It was a great feeling that many Con goers knew who I was cosplaying. Long live Freddie.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 08:42 AM

4. Best front man in rock n roll IMO.

Sorry Mick. You're up there, too, but Freddie is my #1.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:28 AM

8. Not in my lifetime, will there be another Freddie Mercury.....

He died 4 days before my beloved Grandpap did.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 04:24 PM

10. just watched the movie (it's on HBO currently)

did he really almost not know about Live Aid? can you imagine?


I remember watching this on my little tv.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:05 AM

5. Thanks for posting this!

Freddie fans around the world are all watching Queen at Live Aid on YouTube today, hoping to set a record. I did my part first thing this morning and discovered that someone cleaned up the technical sound mistake that practically ruined the evening performance by Freddie and Brian. Much better now!!

Next to DU, I really enjoy following Brian on IG. He posts almost daily and so much is science and astronomy related... fascinating observations by Dr. May.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:08 AM

6. Amazing performances-- amazing effort so quickly pulled together that united us all in the effort

I look back at that and think--how the hell could this movement now be replaced by the selfish RW populism taking over much of Europe, by Brexit, by Trumpism.

Can we find our way back again to that united effort towards humanity?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 09:21 AM

7. GenX timing, maybe, but LOTS of boomer bands.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 02:31 PM

9. Wow

To think I have a son who is the age I was during Live Aid. How did that happen? What an awesome event. Oh Freddie! The loss of you was a knife in the heart. We were so close to
developing the antiretroviral medications that would have extended your life. What a loss.
Truly the greatest front man ever. The voice, the style, the showmanship, the raw sexuality.
We will love you forever.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 03:16 AM

11. Great compilation of videos!

Thank you!

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