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Subj: Re: New banner! Remember LIVE AID?
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 at 08:12:22 am EDT (Viewed 481 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! Remember LIVE AID?
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 at 11:34:01 pm EDT (Viewed 460 times)

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Oh yeah, I remember Live Aid. It was quite an event.
My best memories are of U2 giving sensational performances with Sunday Bloody Sunday and especially Bad, during which Bono walked through the crowd singing snippets of Ruby Tuesday, Sympathy For The Devil and Walk On The Wild Side. Also, Queen was very impressive and Phil Collins performed in London and Philadelphia! I remember Dire Straights and The Pretenders

Stuff I don't remember and found on wikipedia:

The Who's performance which is funny because I've always loved The Who.
The lineup of bands at Philadelphia. There's one stretch with Black Sabbath, Run-DMC, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon, Crosby Stills and Nash and Judas Priest! What a mix!
The Cars. One of the biggest bands of the 80s but I was surprised when I saw them on the list.

It's disheatening reading aout the controversies involved with the festival. The Ethiopian government used much of the money to buy guns from Russia, Jimmy Page disliked Phil Collins' performance with Led Zep, Bob Geldof was a bit of a dick regarding the importance of some bands like the Hooters and Adam Ant.

I can understand Page having something negative to say about Phil Collins on drums. The two styles couldn't be further apart. However, what explains Page's horribly off-key performance? Can the man not tune his guitar? Could he not be arsed? At least Robert Plant had an excuse for his bad performance (health issues). But it was still cool to see Plant & Page together again.

Despite being a massive fan of Adam Ant and The Hooters, they really didn't deserve more than one song next to the rest of the lineup. Howard Jones only got one song too. The US venue seemed to give almost all of the artists blocks of 3 or more songs. Surely, Geldof could have squeezed in 6-10 more minutes for these guys. They were always more of a Brit thing, so I don't have the appreciation for them, but maybe not have Status Quo? Talk about "over the hill."




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