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Old 06-03-05, 10:06 PM   #1
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Memories of Live Aid

Great to hear that Sir Bob has announced plans for Live 8.

It's being billed as a repeat of 1985's Live Aid concert and should be an amazing experience. I'm sure that as well as those who attend the 5 simultaneous concerts, millions of people will sit in front of their plasma wide screens and crank up their home theatres to do their bit for world poverty.

What I want to know is, how many of us watched the original. Did you sit in front of your telly 20 years ago watching the disastrous fashions of the 80's paraded before the world? I know I did and I loved it. Did anyone actually get to any of the concerts?

Do you have memories of watching Live Aid ?

I remember setting up the stereo and having a few friends over. It was being simulcast on FM radio, providing us a stereo soundtrack. It was an incredible experience. It went all through the night our time and so there was a few tired bodies draped around the lounge room.

Star after star took to the stage and the telecast kept switching between the various concerts. I remember watching Ultravox doing a couple of numbers that I didn't know. Then came the familiar opening bars of their song Vienna. Hooray! Then before the vocals started they switched to one of the other concerts. Darn.

What are your memories? Where you even alive back then? (I turned 22 that year.)
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Old 06-04-05, 09:31 AM   #2
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I missed the first Live Aid, its great to see Sir Bob is lining up another one. Of course the acts in the US stink.

I remember watching Farm Aid, I was working in a pizza place/bar. And only got to see some of the acts.
The owner pledged enough to get a Farm Aid Bandana.

I was really disappointed when Sir Bob did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
If Live Aid 8 is televised, I will be in front of my telly then!!!
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I was only a teenager. My memory is of going out to dinner, coming home, still going. Going to bed, waking up, it was still on. Going for a ride, coming home, still going......

My missus got the recently released DVD package. There were some good performances. Queen were awesome.
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Have you seen the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert? I fast forward the first 18 min. through metallica.
But all the performances would have made Freddie proud, I just wish George M. would have done a complete version of 39'

Off topic a bit further. Did anyone see "Come Together, A Night for John Lennon's words and music"?
Kevin Spacey did a fantastic version of Mind Games. I had to buy the DVD.
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I was 10. I 'remember' it...but don't really remember much. I do remember the bad 80's style though.
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Great post!

I was in college, working in a pizza joint. We had it going on the house TV. We cooks came out to the dining room and announced that "Your pizzas will be delayed while we watch Page and Plant, sorry..."

Nobody had a problem with it.
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I guess in australia, you got to see some of the better acts... here most of them were on in the wee hours. I remember hearing Sade, ALison Moyet, and the very end of Elvis Costello who was on at like 9 am here. It was a hot summer day and so I was out most of the time. I can't remember who else I saw/heard.
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Ah yes, Live Aid was a quintessential 80s moment. Who can forget Phil Collins hopping on the Concorde so as to play in both Philly and London? I always laugh thinking about the combination of truly classic bands (The Who, Zeppelin, etc.) and a bunch of groups that were popular then but should now be showing up on "Hit Me Baby One More Time." What was the name of that group from Philly that led off the show and was pretty much never heard from again?
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Well, did anyone watch? I saw some of it, and they have a 2 hour version on ABC now. 7-9 central

Green Day just did "We Are The Champions" in Berlin. I wouldn't mind being at the London concert


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