7am in Philadelphia USA, the morning has hardly opened its eyes.
12 noon in London England and Wembley Stadium erupts.
Are you lucky enough to remember LIVE AID?
If so you witnessed a piece of history, the greatest live concert ever created.
Where do I start?
Let’s look at some facts:
Decades later and the world still talks about it. One performance stood out and continues to be one of the most iconic come backs of all time. Love them or hate them English Rock band Queen stole the show. Donations flooded in and they raised more money during their 20 minutes than any other act. (video performance can be seen above)
Here are some of my favourite comments left by viewers, even today, people watch this clip:
It could have been a very daunting experience for the following act. Not so for the Legend that is….David Bowie who carried on regardless and delivered an epic show himself.
Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof , the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more.
He, along with Midge Ure, lead vocalist of Ultravox wrote the song “Do They Know it’s Christmas Time” using the marketing name of Band Aid. It was an overnight success which inspired similar all-star benefit projects. Most notable among these was Quincy Jones’s USA for Africa, with the recording of “We Are the World”. The success of Band Aid and USA for Africa inspired Geldof and Ure to stage Live Aid. The rest as they say…… is history!
Geldof is known for his profanities and dropping the F bomb in the studio whilst encouraging people to donate caused controversy. They say “no publicity is bad publicity” and controversy aside, donations rose to 300GBP per minute!
The legendary Live Aid concerts did a lot of good — helping reduce African famine and putting a spotlight on the world’s poorest nations
Despite bruised egos, controversy and several notable no-shows (Prince and Michael Jackson to name but two), the event was a huge success and set the template for subsequent fund-raisers.
Geldof's own website estimates that the shows raised £150 million for famine relief.
Live Aid was a poignant moment in history. Like 9/11, the assassination of JFK or the demise of the Berlin Wall. Never forgotten.
It was raw, real. The video footage is chaotic but look at the size of the cameras!
Microphones with cables!
The fans, what stands out? No phones! Just pure natural enjoyment of real music performed by legends of their time. Bloody brilliant!
Can Live Aid ever be matched? ………..
Absolutely not, ever!
Music can be an excellent tool for learning Languages.
Use this blog as a small project:
Think back, what were you actually doing during Live Aid? Where did you live/work? Who were your favourite bands during the 80's and what about the fashion? Oh dear! what did you wear? Does it make you cringe now?
Which song lyrics are meaningful to you? Why? Do you know and understand all the vocabulary?
If you need further practice, here is a link to a FREE trial class, no strings attached
Consecutively - one after another without interruption.
Venue - the place where something happens, especially an organized event such as a concert, conference, or sports competition.
Donations flooded in - money arrived in huge amounts
Brainchild - an idea or invention which is considered to be a particular person's creation.
Famine - extreme shortage of food
Poignant - a strong effect on emotions or the senses
Cringe - something that causes you to feel embarrassed