The July 13, 1985 It was a date that marked a before and after in the world rock history and the art scene in general. That day in two scenarios simultaneously and before a real crowd (or two real crowds), the historic Live Aid, that festival in which the most great musicians in history to raise money.
The goal was raise funds to alleviate hunger on the African continent, and, if you saw Bohemian Rhapsody (the biopic of Freddie Mercury), you will keep in mind that it is the festival in which the last 20 minutes of the tape and in which Mercury and company give a legendary recital which marks the reconciliation and reunion of the British band.
Queen, Paul McCartney, los Rolling Stones (separately), David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Madonna y U2 were some of the artists who shone on this historic day, which was divided into two stages simultaneously (in United States and in England) and that gave rise to the fact that a year later, the July 13, 1986, the date was instituted as the World Rock Day.
The Irish Musician Bob Geldof, later became a producer and philanthropist, was the organizer of this milestone that left its mark on world rock history. He was in charge of coordinating and managing the presence of the bands that participated. The event took place in the Wembley Stadium (England) and Philadelphia (United States).
A few days ago 36 years of Live Aide and 35 since July 13 was set as World Rock Day. For this very reason, below, we review 7 fun facts from Live Aid from 1985 and what was generated afterwards.
A fortune was raised
Geldof was in charge of coordinating the logistics for the call centers what would the called with donations of Live Aid 1985. Only in England there were 1,600 telephone lines enabled for such a fin. As for donations, the sheikh’s family that ruled dubai back then donated $ 1,250,000. And it was just one of the actors who collaborated.
The Rolling Stones, separately
The singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger sang some solo songs and others of the band on his own. At one point during her presentation, Tina Turner joined the show and that was the climax of the presentation. Keith Richards and Ron Wood (the other Stones), meanwhile, were introduced separately to Jagger. But they did it accompanying Bob Dylan.
The U2 singer, Bono dressed for a few minutes in the suit of Super Hero. And it is that, in the middle of his show, saved a young girl who was being crushed by the crowd. At first he signaled to the security people, who were slow to understand the message. This resulted in the singer will come down from the stage and participate in the rescue.
Phil Collins Madness
As we already said, the Live Aid Was held in two scenarios simultaneously that July 13, 1985. And while each location had its own grid of participants, the singer and drummer Phil Collins starred in a real madness: as soon as culminated his participation in England, he flew to the United States to sing before the American public.
The best version of Let it Be ever?
The ex Beatle, Paul McCartney could not miss the Live Aid. Part of his show included a magnificent and epic version of the classic Let it Be. Paul began singing it alone, but ended with a real dream team musical accompanying him: David Bowie, Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof y Pete Townshen (The Who).
The queen, lackluster and dull
The Queen of pop, Madonna, was also one of the artists who participated in the Live Aid on July 13, 1985. But his show was really forgotten. Decentralized, out of tune, and more concerned with choreography -That didn’t go well either- that for singing, that’s how the 20 minutes the show de Madonna on the stage.
Live Aid had its spin-off
After the memorable Live Aid from July 13, 1985 and that a year later July 13 was instituted as World Rock Day, Geldof repeated the experience. It was in 2005 and the mega concert was called Live 8, to protest against G8 that monopolizes world control. There were 8 different scenarios in 8 world cities, and figures shone in all of them as well.