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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 (idea)
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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 Day The Music Changed The World 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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£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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Gary Kemp: It went very quickly. The greatest moment of my life, and it just flashed by.
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I was there at Wembley.
8 October 2005 | by Cinema_FanSee all my reviews

I was there at the Wembley Live Aid show.

Being that I was one of the last few to buy my ticket at the company that takes you on their coaches to concerts. The last four or six I think, you could only come to their office and buy them in person.

As I was and still very much so a big fan of The Who, I wasn't a Mod, and knowing that they had "retired" this would be or could be the only chance to get to see them. I had a friend who was watching it at home recording their section on VHS for me. Then it happened, the satellite feed broke just as they started My Generation, I sometimes wonder if it was because the rest of the World were using to much power at that time that the system couldn't handle it all at once. Shame, and yes I did Pete Townshend fall over.

The weather was stunning, just as Elton John came on it started to drizzle lightly, but not for long, it was needed, the drizzle not Elton. Queen was amazing; three friends & I saw their very last show as a group a year later at Knebworth House, 120,000 people were also there too!

RIP Freddie, what a Showman.

When we were leaving through our side of the Wembley tunnels the atmosphere was electric, we were singing "Feed the World". During the coach ride home we could make out sets from Sabbath and others on the radio.

Its a shame that in twenty years nothing much has changed for the African people, such as Politics and war.

I have three used T Shirts, a little small for me now, that came in sealed bags and two mint Programmes and a mint Live Aid: The Concert book that came out very shortly after the gig. The Wembley Live Aid concert ticket stub is still in good condition in the photo album.

What a fantastic piece of History, 1 out of 72000 people seeing the real deal out of 1.5 to 2 billion watching on their telly's. When people talk about it and you mention that you were there they tend to look at you like you are lying, at first they just don't believe it, you really do, sometime's, have to prove it. It does fill me with pride to know that I was at a very Historical Musical event.


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