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We were looking out at all of those people just like the bands were. But I didn’t go to the concert. You barely had 15 minutes, and every band was pushing the pedal to the metal. And then I’d run back to the Winnebago and we’d cut and broadcast. Here are 10 lesser-known, or less-remembered, facts about the historic day at Phildephia's JFK Stadium and Wembley Stadium in London. Tina Turner and Mick Jagger at Live Aid in Philadelphia (Getty Images). That was the reason why the concert was never recorded in its complete original form, and only secondary television broadcasts were recorded. The crowd went out of their minds. This was the same person who said to me, about a year or two after I was injured, he said, “Ted, it’s not how you fall down. Footage from Oz for Africa, along with recorded performances from more than a half dozen cities around the world, was ultimately woven into the main satellite broadcast. A reunited Deep Purple were also due to appear from Switzerland via satellite, but pulled out after guitarist Ritchie Blackmore refused to take part. Hear Carter Alan every weekday from 10am - 2pm on 100.7 WZLXRead More. 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. He made us feel very guilty; all those millions of people dying, it was all our fault. John F. Kennedy StadiumS. It was magical. We played 'Whole Lotta Love', and he was just there bashing away cluelessly and grinning. "Thanks for the fucking honesty, Sir Bob. We were pretty high, which emboldened our approach. Hired as... Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. But it is lesser known that he had a co-founder - Midge Ure, singer and guitarist for the U.K. group Ultravox. This was quite different. Kenny Loggins: I’m a scrambling kind of get-it-in-and-get-it-done rock guy, and I could have played “Footloose” in my sleep. The performance was criticised for Plant's hoarse voice, Jimmy Page's out-of-tune guitar, a lack of rehearsal, and poorly functioning monitors. Phil Collins in a Q magazine interview, 2014: It was a disaster, really. "Feeding the world a line? , Concert organisers have subsequently said they were particularly keen to ensure at least one surviving member of the Beatles, ideally Paul McCartney, took part in the concert as they felt that having an 'elder statesman' from British music would give it greater legitimacy in the eyes of the political leaders whose opinions the performers were trying to shape. But you know what was just as steamy as the day itself? I mean Phil, he had a few problems at the time, but at the end of the day, if he would've been asked to play Live Aid, that would've been a goal for him to clean himself up to do that gig. 6. 3. 7. Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitarist, in a subsequent interview: My main memories … were of total panic. Queen's three-year old Greatest Hits rose fifty-five places into the top twenty, followed by Freddie Mercury's Mr. Bad Guy. Collins, who had performed at Wembley earlier in the day, had crossed the Atlantic on the Concorde to become the only artist to appear on both Live Aid stages. The vibe in Philly that day was just incredible. Keep in mind that bottled water wasn’t really a thing back then. She ate in the limo, and then we went to the stadium. in the hope of raising money for famine relief. I would have to go back and watch the DVD. It was demolished on September 23, 1992. John Entwistle's bass wouldn't work at the start, causing an awkward delay of over a minute before they could start playing. Tom Bailey: I was quite starstruck when I was back there talking to Madonna and wound up in a room set aside for official photographers, and there were Mick, Bob and Tina sitting in that same room. Tom Bailey: Things were running late, so we had to cut one of our three songs.  "Bob told me, 'It doesn't matter a fuck what you sound like, just so long as you're there,'" recalled guitarist and singer Francis Rossi. Broadcast worldwide for 16-hours, the concert became the most-watched event in television history. Patti LaBelle: What can I say — I got the spirit. Search Clear search text.  However, the BBC stated in 2010 there was no evidence money had been diverted, while the former British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Brian Barder, states, "the diversion of aid related only to the tiny proportion that was supplied by some NGOs to rebel-held areas. 5. We missed the boat on the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” because someone left a message for us but it didn’t get passed on. He was a teacher in the Chicago suburbs and Seoul, South Korea, prior to joining Britannica as a freelancer in 2000. Kenny Loggins, singer/songwriter, ’80s soundtrack hit-maker: It was very last-minute. So it was exciting beyond belief to have this happening in the city and have all those superstars coming. But something happened between that conversation and the day – it became a Led Zeppelin reunion. Bob Dylan. The biggest issue of the syndicated/ABC coverage is that the network had wanted to reserve some of the biggest acts that had played earlier in the day for certain points in the entire broadcast, particularly in the final three hours in prime time; thus, Orbis Communications had some sequences replaced by others, especially those portions of the concert that had acts from London and Philadelphia playing simultaneously. ", BBC coverage co-host Andy Kershaw was heavily critical of the event in his autobiography No Off Switch, stating, "Musically, Live Aid was to be entirely predictable and boring. There were at least 12 mics onstage, and the sound guy had to be trying to figure out what mic she was on to turn it down. George Thorogood: It was very hot and I was very sleepy, but that’s what we do. " This would be the band's last appearance with bassist and founder member Alan Lancaster and drummer Pete Kircher. I was hanging out with Duran Duran. https://www.britannica.com/event/Live-Aid, The Guardian - World music - the Live Aid concert. Judicious decisions were also made on which acts would be included and which ones would not, due to either technical difficulties in the original performances, the absence of original footage, or for music rights reasons. In one of those instances, Paul McCartney had re-recorded his failed vocals for "Let It Be" in a studio the day after the concert (14 July 1985) but it was never used until the release of the DVD. She called my mom and said, “Do you think our kids would wanna go to Live Aid?” Hell yeah! Thankfully, I was close enough to get sprayed when they turned on those water cannons. Everybody was jockeying for position, but I wasn’t into that.  In an interview with Studio Sound in December 1985, Malcolm Hill described the concept for the system in detail. He stopped just after the line "The lesson today is how to die" to loud applause.  This coalition battled at the time against Derg. But everywhere we tried to get to, there were too many people. Find and share Live Aid Philadelphia setlists. You know, cocaine. When I look back and see the footage, it looks right. p. 190. And she had to have dinner. Mick Jagger and David Bowie intended to perform an intercontinental duet, with Bowie in London and Jagger in Philadelphia. I had Bob Dylan and Ron Wood behind me to my right and Eric Clapton behind me on the other side. The Whisky A Go Go, The Byrds And The Doors Played Here Early In Their Careers, Kent State, Location Of The Tragic Event Of May 4, 1970, Garrick Theatre, A Former Concert Venue In New York, Cafe Wha? It was a game of bluff. We kept moving and moving and by 7 or so, we were in the very front row. I was working for WSSJ in Camden, and we would play a little bit of everything, including a lot of the artists and the music that was at Live Aid. But I do know that I said a quick yes. to cheers from the Philadelphia crowd. Why was I in this situation? That Tina Turner and Mick Jagger performance. In 1995, VH1 and MuchMusic aired a re-edited ten-hour re-broadcast of the concert for its 10th anniversary. Tony Verna, inventor of instant replay, was able to secure John F. Kennedy Stadium through his friendship with Philadelphia Mayor Goode and was able to procure, through his connections with ABC's prime time chief, John Hamlin, a three-hour prime time slot on the ABC Network and, in addition, was able to supplement the lengthy program through meetings that resulted in the addition of an ad-hoc network within the US, which covered 85 per cent of TVs there. Teddy Pendergrass (center) with Ashford & Simpson at JFK Stadium for Live Aid (Getty Images).  Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury at times led the crowd in unison refrains, and his sustained note—"Aaaaaay-o"—during the a cappella section came to be known as "The Note Heard Round the World". Half of what you do is for promotion, to get on-camera, to get in on the big things, and the other half is that you’re hoping that you’re aligned with the right people, who will hopefully do the right thing. We were 'out' by then. 2. Bill Graham was in charge of everything, and you couldn’t fuck around. We just kept pushing forward toward the stage. Here, the people who were there that day explain what it was like to be part of Live Aid, from performers like Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, and Patti LaBelle to locals Pierre Robert, Robert Drake and Jerry Blavat and a then-young concert promoter by the name of Stephen Starr. ", Prince also declined to appear in person, but sent a pre-taped video of an acoustic version of "4 the Tears in Your Eyes", which was played during the concert in Philadelphia. George Thorogood, blues singer/guitarist, Wilmington native: At that point, it was still very early on for us. And I think that really did Phil in quite a lot, that we were never asked to play. An hour and a half later, lead singer Freddie Mercury powered through a condensed set of Queen’s greatest hits, displaying a combination of superb vocal range, multi-instrumental mastery, and remarkable stage presence.  At 32 minutes Elton John had the longest set on the day; his setlist included the first performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with George Michael. Note : * warns about the track being incomplete on our recordings.Timings given only reflect the lenght we know. Perhaps the most noteworthy performances of the day belonged to a pair of arena rock giants—U2 and Queen—with each excelling in its respective idiom. The concert began at 12:00 British Summer Time (BST) (7:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)) at Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom. Stadium in Philadelphia, but the worldwide TV broadcast reached over a billion people in 110 countries, including behind the Iron Curtain, which still stood as a barrier to the West. Neil Peart, drummer of Canadian rock band Rush said: "Geddy was involved with the Northern Lights charity record here in Canada, although Rush weren't invited to participate in the Live Aid event—mainly because if you look at the guest list, it was very much an 'in-crowd' situation. ", Cliff Richard later stated he was unable to perform as he was committed to a gospel charity concert in Birmingham, although Geldof indicated he had no recollection of having asked Richard to appear. Former Location –On July 13, 1985, the American venue of Live Aid was held here to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.
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