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The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

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Vincent Scarza

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Bob Geldof (idea)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Adams ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson Stuart Adamson ... Himself (as Big Country)
Mo Amin Mo Amin ... Himself - Photographer
Adam Ant ... Himself
Nick Ashford ... Himself
Joan Baez ... Herself
Tom Bailey ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ... Himself
Big Country ... Themselves
Black Sabbath ... Themselves
Bono ... Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ... Themselves
David Bowie ... Himself
Andrew Bown Andrew Bown ... Himself (as Status Quo)
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Storyline

This show features Live Aid, the biggest benefit concert in history. Taking place simultaneously in two seperate stadiums in the USA and the UK, many of the top contemporary rock music acts play many of their most popular songs to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. In addition, short films illustrating the crisis in Africa are run with the appeal for aid. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Feed The World See more »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live Aid See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

£150,000,000, 31 December 2003
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In its original form, the concert ran 16 hours. There were two versions of the U.S. telecast - one incarnation aired complete on MTV, another produced by ABC was in two parts, part one (the first eleven hours) airing in syndication, part two (the final three hours) airing on ABC. In any case, the DVD version is edited to ten hours, leaving out many key performances, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Power Station, The Hooters, The Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Bernard Watson, Santana, and Led Zeppelin. The DVD version also contains an aurally altered version of Paul McCartney's performance of "Let It Be" (due to a microphone problem in the first half of the song, McCartney had to re-record his vocals twenty years after the fact so that it could be included on the DVD). See more »

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Wish I'd seen it live
21 April 2005 | by deancapetanelisSee all my reviews

I was just a young pup with barely enough allowance to cover a movie. I never could have bought the pay per view. Now that I'm an adult I'm paying a fortune for bootlegs and authorized versions.

That's the thing about nostalgia, what seemed unimportant as a child becomes the stuff that dreams are made of sitting in a cubicle all day. Still, the official release is worth picking up.

I'm disappointed some acts chose not to participate in the re-release. I guess Led Zepplin doesn't need any new publicity but if I was the Hooters I'd be begging for a chance to get back into daylight, never mind the spotlight.


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