The new movie Bohemian Rhapsody has opened up the nostalgic floodgates about Queen and some of their most iconic performances. The ending of the film features an entire recreation of their Live Aid set in 1985. Do you remember watching it on television or were you lucky enough to attend one of the performances? Note To Readers: Scroll Down/Click To Watch The Full Version of Queen’s 1985 Live Aid Set.
Live Aid was a benefit concert held on July 13, 1985. The funds went to help the ongoing Ethiopian famine. It was held in two places, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by about 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). After watching, read below for some cool facts about Queen’s LIVE AID set.
Facts About The Performance…
It was also estimated that about two billion people in 60 different countries watched it live on television. Collectively the concerts raised about $127 million in famine relief for African nations. Queen performed at the Wembley Stadium. Their 21-minute set has been called Queen’s greatest live performance of all time. Their set included part of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Hammer to Fall”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, part of “We Will Rock You”, and “We Are The Champions”.
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Freddie Mercury led the crowd in many unison refrains during the performance and also sustained an insane acapella note that has been called “The Note Heard Round the World”. Later, Freddie and fellow band member Brian May returned to the stage during the finale to perform “Is This the World We Created…?”. The praise they received after the performance led to the band writing the song “One Vision.” Do you remember that song? After their performance, their Greatest Hits album also rose back into the top twenty on the charts.
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Other notable artists that performed at the Live Aid event were Phil Collins, Sting, Elton John, U2, David Bowie, The Who, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan. Was Queen your favorite performance or did you love another set?
Relieve the entire Queen performance by watching the video below. Is it one of your favorite performances ever? Have you seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody yet? If so, what did you think about it?
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