Live Aid

Live Aid

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Cast: Queen, Bob Dylan, U2, The Who

     
 

On July 13, 1985, some of the biggest names in popular music joined forces on both sides of the Atlantic with one goal in mind -- to help end hunger and famine in Africa. A worldwide audience of 1.5 billion people watched the massive Live Aid concerts from London and Philadelphia on television, and ten hours of highlights from those shows are featured on this…  See more details below

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On July 13, 1985, some of the biggest names in popular music joined forces on both sides of the Atlantic with one goal in mind -- to help end hunger and famine in Africa. A worldwide audience of 1.5 billion people watched the massive Live Aid concerts from London and Philadelphia on television, and ten hours of highlights from those shows are featured on this special home video collection. Live Aid includes exclusive live performances from Eric Clapton, U2, The Who, Sting, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Neil Young, and many, many more; a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this release will be donated to the Band Aid Trust, which continues to fund hunger relief in the Third World.

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
On July 13, 1985, the brightest stars of rock and pop came together on two continents for the biggest charity concert in history. This massive undertaking was the brainchild of Irish vocalist Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats). Geldof had already raised millions to aid hunger relief in Africa the previous year with Band Aid's holiday charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," which in turn spawned USA for Africa's "We Are the World." With acts performing simultaneously at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, Live Aid featured a staggering lineup, and while many headliners graced the stage for only a few minutes, some of the performances are nonetheless legendary: a newly solo Sting performing an acoustic "Message in a Bottle"; Dire Straits' blistering 11-minute rendition of "Sultans of Swing"; Queen's showstopping greatest-hits medley; Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" reunion; the Who's powerhouse set (introduced by Jack Nicholson); Paul McCartney's infamous microphone failure on "Let It Be"; and Bob Dylan performing "Blowin' in the Wind" with Keith Richards and Ron Wood. Thanks to the Concorde, Phil Collins was the only performer to play both locations. Geldof truly wanted this to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, with contract stipulations that it never be rebroadcast or released as a live album or video. It wasn't even supposed to be taped by the networks broadcasting it, but luckily the BBC ignored this stipulation, and now we have this lovely four-disc set containing nearly the whole shebang -- some performances are trimmed, a couple have been lost entirely, and Led Zeppelin didn't feel their reunion performance was up to snuff and asked for it not to be included -- with proceeds going to the Band Aid Trust. We're glad Geldof changed his mind: Live Aid isn't just the answer to a rock trivia question, it's true history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
UPC:
0603497038329
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Rhino
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:00:00

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