Recently, the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” about the legendary Freddie Mercury, the leader of Queen’s band, made the public love movies and music very eager. In it, the climax of the film – when the band performed at the charity stage, the Live Aid was crowded with people who watched the movie. So what made the performance on July 13, 1985 become so memorable?
How can Queen meet on the Live Aid stage?
1985 Live Aid stage was staged by Band Aid with the purpose of raising funds to fight poverty in Africa. The founder of Band Aid is Bob Geldof, the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats and a friend of Freddie Mercury. And it was Bob who convinced Freddie to perform at the Live Aid that year. According to the insider, he had to beg Freddie: “Fred, why don’t you do it? This stage was built just for you. Dear lover, is the whole world “.
Held at the same time in two major stadiums on two continents – Wembley in London (England) and John F. Kennedy in Philadelphia (USA), the 1985 Live Aid music festival is the most ambitious rock music show in that period. With the goal of helping famine victims in Ethiopia (Africa), Live Aid took place in 16 hours, with over 50 performers, including great artists like Madonna, David Bowie and U2.
To reach Freddie Mercury, Bob Geldof then had to ask for help through another friend: Spike Edney. He was a member of Bob Geldof’s band The Boomtown Rats, but later joined Queen to play keyboards during their tour. At the time, neither Freddie nor other members of Queen were interested in performing at Live Aid, but their real reason was not the same as the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie depicted. In fact, the Queen group had just recently completed a very painful tour of Asia and Australia.
Despite many obstacles, Bob Geldof successfully convinces all Queen members, including Freddie Mercury to perform at Live Aid. The group also politely rejected the end of the night, but instead chose the dark 6:40 time frame to start. Once all decisions have been completed, the whole group rushes into rehearsals for 3 days without rest, working harder than many other new stars.
What made the Live Aid performance a legend?
A few minutes before Queen’s time on stage, more than 70,000 spectators at Wembley Arena have witnessed burning performances by Elvis Costello, Dire Straits and Phil Collins. In particular, Phil Collins, after closing his performance, immediately boarded the Atlantic to go to America to continue performing at the top of the Live Aid Bridge in Philadelphia.
Music Festival Live Aid is held at the time of the peak of idealism in the Rock genre. Singers and bands besides singing and cheering on stage are also increasingly actively donating, helping those less fortunate than me. Therefore, the Live Aid stage attracted the participation of many stars, and was broadcast live on the globe. At the time of the Internet’s existence, and only with television coverage, 1.5 billion people across five continents watched Live Aid well enough to see just how big it was. It is also Queen’s ingenuity, when taking advantage of that immense scale to show her performance in history.
The performance at the 1985 Live Aid brought Queen to become a legend of rock music
Everyone who has seen Queen perform on that day must admit that every element of the performance is extremely suitable for the outdoor setting. From the monumental proclamation, Freddie Mercury’s extremely strong, high-pitched voice to the ever-rising guitar sound of Brian May – all are full of energy and style of the “Queen”. Not to mention, Roger Taylor – the band’s drummer also revealed, they were “treated especially” by the sound moderators, making Queen’s performance higher in volume than all other performances. .
Those who were at Wembley Stadium that year were lucky because they saw firsthand the Queen’s performance.
Although slightly beyond the allowable time (21 minutes even if it was only 20 minutes), but perhaps no one could complain about the top-notch performance of Queen. From the ballad opening the deep piano “Bohemian Rhapsody”, to the swinging tunes of Elvis Presley in “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, heavy rock sounds of “Hammer to Fall” and the bustling drumming of “We Will Rock You”.