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.)