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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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Bob Geldof ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Adams ... Self (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson Stuart Adamson ... Self (as Big Country)
Mo Amin Mo Amin ... Self - Photographer
Adam Ant ... Self
Nick Ashford ... Self
Joan Baez ... Self
Tom Bailey ... Self (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ... Self
Big Country ... Themselves
Black Sabbath ... Themselves
Bono ... Self (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ... Themselves
David Bowie ... Self
Andrew Bown Andrew Bown ... Self (as Status Quo)
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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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Queen rehearsed their performance intensely for three days at the Shaw Theatre in London. Before taking to the stage at Wembley, the band's sound engineer switched the limiters on the PA system, meaning they would be louder than the other acts. See more »

Quotes

Bob Geldof: [to the television audience] The other thing is that Mick and David did that video specifically so that you could give something. And it's not happening enough. You know, you've got to get on the phone and take the money out of your pockets. Don't go to the pub tonight, please. Stay in and give us the money. There are people dying...
[slams hand on table]
Bob Geldof: *now*! So give me the money!
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Alternate Versions

In its original form, the concert ran 16 hours. There were two versions of the U.S. telecast - one incarnation aired complete on MTV, another produced by ABC was in two parts, part one (the first eleven hours) airing in syndication, part two (the final three hours) airing on ABC. In any case, the DVD version is edited to ten hours, leaving out many key performances, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Power Station, The Hooters, The Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Bernard Watson, Santana, and Led Zeppelin. The DVD version also contains an aurally altered version of Paul McCartney's performance of "Let It Be" (due to a microphone problem in the first half of the song, McCartney had to re-record his vocals twenty years after the fact so that it could be included on the DVD). See more »


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The Day the World United
11 April 2003 | by Mr YuSee all my reviews

I say with great certainty that this was the greatest musical event of my lifetime. Yet there seem to be no video or audio copy that is available. This Live Aid album would have brought in Millions of Dollars in relief aid. Think about the cassette, album, CD, & DVD money we would have all paid? I am lucky enough to have a scratchy cassette recording off of the radio from that day. Long live Freddy!!!!


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13 July 1985 (USA) See more »

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