Live Aid

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 603497038329
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Rhino
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Digi-Pak
  • Time: 10:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,271

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Queen Performer
Bob Dylan Performer
U2 Performer
The Who Performer
Elvis Costello Performer
Eric Clapton Performer
Elton John Performer
Tom Petty Performer
Duran Duran Performer
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Side #1 -- Disc 1
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      The Boomtown Rats
      Adam Ant
      Ultravox
      Spandau Ballet
      Elvis Costello
      Nik Kershaw
      Sade
      Sting
      Phil Collins
      Sting & Phil Collins
      Howard Jones
      Bryan Ferry
      Paul Young
      Paul Young & Alison Moyet
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      Mick Jagger & Tina Turner
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   Extras
      INXS From Australia
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Heroes...Just for One Day

    As soon as DVDs were invented, I secretly hoped that one day this concert would be released. I bought it the day it came out. Like most people, I had incredibly vivid memories of that day and the music that was being played. There are some really astounding performances. Its been mentioned here in other reviews that this is not the complete show. Its true, and there are some exclusions that I really do miss (nothing at all from the Hooters' performance is included). For me, as long as Bowie and Queen's sets were intact, I'd be happy with the DVD. And they are. Everyone knows that Queen came out at a time that many rumours (true, as it turned out) about Freddie's health were circulating, and they pretty much killed everyone. They truthfully held the world in their hands that day with one of the most triumphant performances ever recorded. It really is something amazing to witness. But the standout to me is Bowie. His set, with his hastily assembled band, is perfect, and culminates with the best arrangement of "Heroes" I've ever heard, the song that to me sums up the whole day. Besides Bowie and Queen, highlights include Clapton's feiry set; hands-down the best version of Elton's "Rocket Man" I've ever heard; Patti Labelle's breathtaking renditions of Lennon's "Imagine" and Dylan's "Forever Young"; Sade's one included song ("Your Love is King"); Mick and Tina performing "State of Shock"; and U2's breakout set. Really, there are so many highlights its almost embarrassing to not list them all, but impossible to do so. The best part about this set is that purchasing it sends more money to feed people in Africa. How can you top that? And you know what? I really don't even miss the Led Zeppelin set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    History Was Made

    Forget that everyone just about in the music industry participated in this historic day. Just think of the logistics involved in planning this kind of event. We got to enjoy Queen, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, and many, many other singers, one right after another. And don't forget Phil Collins, performing in London and then jetting to Philadephia and performing again. This DVD is everything the day was, you won't miss a performance and the sound and video quality is top notch. History was made that day and having these songs in your library is fun and we can remember that Bob Geldof impacted us with his need to tell the story of the people of Africa and their fight to survive. If you love music, this DVD set should be in your library. Buy the whole set and not the edited one, you don't want to miss anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent DVD Boxset! Thanks [Sir] Bob Geldof!

    This is a great DVD. Thanks Bob Geldof for putting ''Live Aid'' on. To bad we didn't have the entire show on this set (no Led Zeppelin, only half of Black Sabbath w/ Ozzy Osbourne...) but I still think you should get the DVD. 5 star packaging 4 star bonus features 5 star remastering 5 star concert!!!! 5 stars overall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the money for the queen section alone

    All in all a brilliant dvd with at times stunning sound quality. Elton John, George Michael, U2, Ultravox and David Bowie were among the best acts. However none could hold a candle to Queen's amazing twenty minutes set. Freddie Mercury had the entire crowd going mad from start to finish (as only he could), his effortless control of the crowd is unbeliveable. Queen were quite simply unmatched in their ability to play, their outstanding frontman with that incredible voice, charisma and sheer flamboyancy makes this dvd worth all of its money. As Elton John once said "they completely blow everybody off the stage". What more is their to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth waitng for!!!

    On July 13,1985 the world stopped and listened. Except for London and Philidelphia, nowhere else mattered. To Sir Bob Geldof, a true man of vision, a true man of heart, and a true inspiration!!!As a true 80's child,this is an event that shaped my life. Band Aid and then Live Aid showed me the humanitarian side of life. It is an event that is to be remembered and now through DVD, relived!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Concert Ever!

    I've been waiting a long time for this release. Thanks go to Bob Geldof for having the heart, soul and guts to put such an event together ... and for finally allowing the DVD release. This set is awsome.

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    Posted November 29, 2009

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