The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

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This show features Live Aid, the biggest benefit concert in history. Taking place simultaneously in two seperate stadiums in the USA and the UK, many of the top contemporary rock music acts play many of their most popular songs to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. In addition, short films illustrating the crisis in Africa are run with the appeal for aid. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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13 July 1985 (USA)  »

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The reformation of heavy rock legends Led Zeppelin for the first time since the death of their drummer, John Bonham, in 1980 was expected by many to be the highlight of the Philadelphia concert, but the band were under-rehearsed for their 17-minute, three-song set. Robert Plant's voice was not at its best, there were equipment problems and Jimmy Page's guitar was badly out of tune. The two drummers, Phil Collins and Tony Thompson, had also not rehearsed nor played together before. Page subsequently described the performance as "pretty shambolic" and Plant has called it "a fucking atrocity". Zeppelin refused to let their performance be included when the DVD was released in 2004. However, the band members did decide to donate money to the charity. The band's guitarist Jimmy Page later blamed Phil Collins for the disappointing performance. He accused Collins of not knowing the songs he was playing and "bashing away cluelessly and grinning". Collins admitted in a subsequent interview that he nearly got up and walked off because the performance was going so badly, but he also said Page had made him a scapegoat for their performance. Collins landed the gig with Led Zeppelin because of his connection with Robert Plant, having played drums on his first two solo albums. See more »

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Bob Geldof: I've just realized that today is the best day of my life. Now I'm going home to sleep.
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Referenced in David Bowie: Sound and Vision (2016) See more »

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Love Reign over me
Written by Pete Townshend
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Gem of humanity
29 November 2004 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

Finally, we got the DVD! I bought it 2 days ago and watched it almost the whole Sunday. I was turning 19 that year and the event meant nothing but the brightest gem on the gleamy crown of the 80's optimism, happiness, joy, global spirit and most of all - search for ultimate humanity. There's no need to emphasize that LIVE AID (and everything else connected to it) is the singular event of the rock'n'roll history, greater then anything seen before or after. Not only for the plead of the spectacular names that joined the effort, but mainly for the cause and the relevance of it. It's probably the only time in our history when people joined hands globally to help people in need. Thank Sir Bob for the good you brought us and unforgettable moments of our lives.


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