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!