Live Aid (1985)

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The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history.



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Himself (at JFK Stadium)
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Himself (as Big Country)
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Tom Bailey ...
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Garry Beers ...
Big Country ...
Black Sabbath ...
Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ...
Andrew Bown ...
Himself (as Status Quo)


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Музыкальный фестиваль Live Aid  »

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Even though several bands had reunited for the show, one band that was asked to but didn't was the Beatles. The surviving members of the band were asked to perform with Julian Lennon filling in for his father John, but they declined. See more »


Tony Thomson: I wanted to be part of the cause. When I take the stage, my chance will finally be here.
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Written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
Performed by Eric Clapton
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The best day of my life and I was only eleven.
26 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I got this DVD for Christmas and I spent the whole day going through it. Awesome. Just awesome. It's sitting there with all my other DVDs but I already know it will get the most use. All of my favorite bands were there for this historic concert and I'm sure a lot of people can say that. This DVD brings me back to a moment in time where people seemed to be doing the right thing. Banding together to help others. It's re-inspiring me to be a person who does great things. The DVD itself is missing a lot of stuff but apparently everything they had is in there. According to the insert, Mtv dismantled their footage from Philadelphia because Geldof wanted to avoid future legal problems. *shrug* I don't know what that was about, but I wouldn't have listened to him. But even still, this concert is fantastic. All the mullets a girl could ask for and some incredible live performances, especially U2 and Queen. Freddie continues to kick everyone's can to this day. And Bono inciting chicks to squeeze themselves out of the crowd for a hug. Priceless. Seeing my faves like Paul Young, Howard Jones, Adam Ant, Wham! and Duran Duran, in that perfect moment in time. *swoon* Oh, what I wouldn't do to go back there, especially since some there that day are gone now. If you were a fan of music in, oh, let's say the last 40 years, there should be something in there for you, and you should definitely give it a watch, if not a buy.

There are some extras that include INXS from Australia, and other Live Aid performances from around the world, and the original "Feed the World" and "We Are the World" videos. The only thing that I wish they'd have done was an up-to-date documentary with some of the acts talking about the event and what it means almost twenty years later. But that would just be gravy. I could go on forever about this, it's become my most prized possession in just 24 hours.

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