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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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The Day The Music Changed 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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Box Office

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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Trivia

Adam Ant has called the event "the end of rock 'n' roll" because in his view it was the moment rock became accepted by the establishment, resulted in knighthoods and stopped being the rebellious thing it started as. See more »

Quotes

Presenter 2: Onstage now. We go back to Nik. Oh. No. Sorry. Andy Kershaw. Wrong Kershaw there. Andy?
Andy Kershaw: Oh. I'm sorry. I didn't know I was on yet.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rock for Afrika (1985) See more »

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The Day Rock Cared
5 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This was probably the greatest gathering of rock talent since the halcyon days of pop festivals in the 1960's. Just imagine a bill featuring everyone from Run D.M.C. to Led Zeppelin. This was perhaps the greatest show in the history of popular music and all the musicians played pretty much for free and made it one of the most memorable events not only in music history, but in the history of the world. Too bad that spirit didn't carry over into the 90's. Maybe the world would be a better place.


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