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Live Aid: 30 Years Ago Today (13th July '85)

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      Thirty years ago today, (the mighty) Status Quo opened live Aid with 'Rocking All Over the World' and Paul McCartney appeared close to the end of the event performing 'Let It be'.

      Did anyone on the board go?

      Did you watch it on tv?

      What artist did you enjoy?

      What acts disappointed you?

      Come on, let's have your thoughts about Live Aid, on that hot sunny Saturday in July back in 1985.

      Paul McCartney - Let It Be (Live Aid)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iwok7XHIYs

        I saw it on TV and later bought the DVDs. Haven't rewatched it in ages.

          Friend of mine was at the London show. Legendary! I spent the day watching it on tv. ;) I thought Queen was amazing.

          Here is Paul:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax0_lhKnHCY

            thenightfish:Friend of mine was at the London show. Legendary! I spent the day watching it on tv. ;) I thought Queen was amazing.

            Here is Paul:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax0_lhKnHCY

            LOL! That's the "fixed" version. He couldn't be heard at first.

              oobu24:

              thenightfish:Friend of mine was at the London show. Legendary! I spent the day watching it on tv. ;) I thought Queen was amazing.

              Here is Paul:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax0_lhKnHCY

              LOL! That's the "fixed" version. He couldn't be heard at first.

              Correct! On TV, anyway....my friend who was there said that he could be heard just fine, and didn't know what all the fuss was about after the concert, regarding the sound.

                That's not what I heard about the show. There was no sound. I believe Paul has even done interviews about it. The sound system was not hooked up. All people could hear was the piano not his voice.

                I have seen a few DVDs comparing the 2 shows...Live Aid vs Live 8. This may be one of them...with BobGeldoff...great video!!! This is only about Live Aid but it is still a good watch.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQWs23NtRas

                part 2 where Paul is...see 1:16:27
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKee1XllWoo

                  Paul re-recorded his vocals the day after the original event at a London studio, in case the segment was to be used in the future.

                        What a mullet on Bono!
                        Paul looks great! So cute even at 43!

                          oobu24: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/10/article-1257043-01C182910000044D-891_468x354.jpg

                          Ziggy, Suzy and the Walrus.

                          Oh, by the way, which one's Pink?

                            HaileyMcComet:

                            oobu24:[img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/10/article-1257043-01C182910000044D-891_468x354.jpg

                            Ziggy, Suzy and the Walrus.

                            Oh, by the way, which one's Pink?

                            The last one is a Rat...Boomtown Rats!

                              oobu24:That's not what I heard about the show. There was no sound. I believe Paul has even done interviews about it. The sound system was not hooked up. All people could hear was the piano not his voice.

                              I have seen a few DVDs comparing the 2 shows...Live Aid vs Live 8. This may be one of them...with BobGeldoff...great video!!! This is only about Live Aid but it is still a good watch.
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQWs23NtRas

                              part 2 where Paul is...see 1:16:27
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKee1XllWoo

                              This is correct. Piano only. No voice (or really feint at stages).

                              Sections of the crowd actually started booing. That's not often reported.

                                moptops:

                                oobu24:That's not what I heard about the show. There was no sound. I believe Paul has even done interviews about it. The sound system was not hooked up. All people could hear was the piano not his voice.

                                I have seen a few DVDs comparing the 2 shows...Live Aid vs Live 8. This may be one of them...with BobGeldoff...great video!!! This is only about Live Aid but it is still a good watch.
                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQWs23NtRas

                                part 2 where Paul is...see 1:16:27
                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKee1XllWoo

                                This is correct. Piano only. No voice (or really feint at stages).

                                Sections of the crowd actually started booing. That's not often reported.

                                Well, I'm sure they were booing because they knew the mic was off and wanted the techs to get it back on. It wasn't Paul they were booing at!

                                  Watched it on TV and still remember the initial, aching disappointment that all we could hear was his piano. There is a huge cheer when Geldof and Bowie appear behind Paul and I think that for a split second a lot of people thought it was George and Ringo joining him.
                                  All these years later I vaguely wonder if Hey Jude may have been a better song choice for the occasion? I totally get the message of "there will be an answer" in Let It Be, but Hey Jude would have been more of a mass singalong (as we've seen many times since). Might have been more of a "Queen" moment?

                                    johnnymain:Thirty years ago today, (the mighty) Status Quo opened live Aid with 'Rocking All Over the World' and Paul McCartney appeared close to the end of the event performing 'Let It be'.

                                    Did anyone on the board go?

                                    Did you watch it on tv?

                                    What artist did you enjoy?

                                    What acts disappointed you?

                                    Come on, let's have your thoughts about Live Aid, on that hot sunny Saturday in July back in 1985.

                                    Paul McCartney - Let It Be (Live Aid)
                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iwok7XHIYs

                                    Ahhhhh Live Aid 1985!!! I watched it on TV, recorded it all on VHS. I truly believe that Live Aid 1985 was far ahead of its time!!! Great acts, great reunions such as Led Zeppelin and The Who!!! The Who were great, Led Zeppelin was awful!! The Stones were fighting at that time, particularly Mick and Keith!!!

                                    I have managed to collect tickets for Live Aid 1985 both at Wembley and in Philadelphia as well as the collectors books!!!

                                    I've also managed to collect the collectors books and tickets for Live 8 2005!

                                    I also own both DVD sets for both Live Aid 1985 and Live 8 2005!!!

                                    I'm a major lover of both concerts, I just wish that I would have seen both of them in person.

                                      I own both of those DVD sets too!

                                        Jock Tamson:Watched it on TV and still remember the initial, aching disappointment that all we could hear was his piano. There is a huge cheer when Geldof and Bowie appear behind Paul and I think that for a split second a lot of people thought it was George and Ringo joining him.
                                        All these years later I vaguely wonder if Hey Jude may have been a better song choice for the occasion? I totally get the message of "there will be an answer" in Let It Be, but Hey Jude would have been more of a mass singalong (as we've seen many times since). Might have been more of a "Queen" moment?

                                        Down here Wembley ended early am, around 5 or 6am...something like thst.

                                        I remember being caffeined up, determined not to get drowsy and word was a Beatles reunion with Julian eould be the closer; it was the mother of all letdowns to see Townsend, Bowie, Boomtown and bloody Alison Moyet (was it?) walk out to back Paul with what were appallingly bad backing vocals.

                                        And of course the vocal mike calamity.

                                        All through the broadcast, a man who should know, insisted it was happening, but of course it didn't. And on this, sadly his mail was (unusually for him), wrong.

                                        Live Aid was one of those "do you remember where you were when..." moments.

                                        By the way, having Status Quo open with Rocking All Over The World was genius!

                                          Nancy R:I own both of those DVD sets too!

                                          Me too. The DVD sets are going for some cash now.

                                            I Have an idea. The DVD Live Aid is used very expensive . My idea a New DVD or Blue Ray remastered against the hunger in Africa. Also a New Live Aid is an idea...But the reissue is a good way to help. And he helps poor children. Very Kind regards..Ingo