LIVE AID: 15 FUN FACTS

Following last Monday, July 13th, being the 35th anniversary of Live Aid, comes "15 Live Aid facts that will rock you 35 years on from the historic charity concert."

Held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia, the list was compiled by The Sun:

  1. A sign at Wembley (in London) told the stars to check their egos at the door.
  2. Bob Geldof had to hitch-hike home after the gig because there were no taxis left.
  3. Ronnie Wood played an epic air guitar after giving his away to Bob Dylan, who broke a string – until a stagehand ran on stage with a new instrument. (Woody and Keith Richards accompanied Dylan.)
  4. During The Who’s set, a red warning light flashed to alert the band that their time was up – but Pete Townshend smashed it and the band played on.
  5. David Bowie gatecrashed a wedding reception at a cricket pitch used as a staging area to ferry stars in and out – to say sorry for the noise.
  6. Elton John donned a chef’s hat and manned a barbecue backstage.
  7. More people saw Bob Geldof using the F-bomb on TV during his emotional appeal for funds than watched the first moon landing.
  8. Phil Collins, who performed at both gigs after flying on the Concorde, opened his U.S. set with: 'I was in England this afternoon. Funny old world, innit?'
  9. One of the more notable absences from Live Aid was Cliff Richard, who could not perform due to a prior commitment at a gospel charity concert.
  10. During The Who’s 'My Generation,' a technical fault happened while Roger Daltrey sang the line 'Why don’t you all fade away' – the feed cut and the U.S. audience couldn’t see it.
  11. Queen gave the greatest live performance in rock history but almost didn’t perform because Freddie Mercury was worried it could be seen as a political statement. Geldof talked him round.
  12. Upon encountering David Bowie in a powder blue suit, Freddie Mercury purred, 'If I didn’t know you better I’d have to eat you.'
  13. A young Madonna was described as an 'up-and-coming singer.'
  14. The Pretenders had to practice in a nearby pub because all the professional rehearsal spaces had been fully booked.
  15. The late Paula Yates-- Bob Geldof's girlfriend -- stopped at a petrol station on the way to the gig to buy flowers for guest Princess Diana.

The first cause-driven, satellite-delivered mega event,Live Aid was broadcast to a global audience of approximately 1.5 billion in 150 countries and raised an estimated $230 million overall for famine relief.

The bill in Philly included Bob Dylan with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, The Cars, Mick Jagger, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bryan Adams, The Beach Boys with Brian Wilson,Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Pretenders, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath in a reunion with Ozzy Osbourne.

In London, the line-up included Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, U2, Bryan Ferry with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, Sting and Phil Collins (together), Elvis Costello, Queen and Dire Straits.

Source: The Sun

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