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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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Vincent Scarza

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Bob Geldof (idea)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Adams ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson Stuart Adamson ... Himself (as Big Country)
Mo Amin Mo Amin ... Himself - Photographer
Adam Ant ... Himself
Nick Ashford ... Himself
Joan Baez ... Herself
Tom Bailey ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ... Himself
Big Country ... Themselves
Black Sabbath ... Themselves
Bono ... Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ... Themselves
David Bowie ... Himself
Andrew Bown Andrew Bown ... Himself (as Status Quo)
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Storyline

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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The Global Jukebox See more »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live Aid See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

£150,000,000, 31 December 2003
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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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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Let it Be
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney
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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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