I remember Live Aid well: Saturday, July 13, 1985. It’s hard to overstate just how big an event this was. No one had ever conceived of staging such an event (on two continents!) and then broadcasting it to the world in real time. It was a technical triumph, reaching 1.9 billion people in 150 nations. And because it raised so much money for the famine in Ethiopia, it was a social, political and economic triumph, too.
It was also a cultural one. Thirty years ago, it was still rather uncommon to see your favourite rock stars on television. The notion of the music video was still new and sure sometimes performers were featured on variety shows, but to see so many artists on one day was staggering. And let’s not forget the prevailing feeling that day: music could change the world.
So what happened to everyone who played the show? CNN has a “where are they now” look back at Live Aid here complete with lots of pictures. And let’s reminisce with what may have been Queen’s finest performance.