Well hello to all of you my dear readers. Today text will again be about music, but this time it is not about specific band or singer, but about one big musical and humanitarian event. As you already guess because of the title it is about Live Aid.
Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985. The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.
In October 1984, images of millions of people starving to death in Ethiopia were shown in the UK in BBC News reports on the 1984 famine. Bob Geldof saw the report, and called Midge Ure from Ultravox, and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in the hope of raising money for famine relief.Geldof contacted colleagues in the music industry and persuaded them to record the single under the title ‘Band Aid’ for free. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded, and was released four days later.It stayed at number-one for five weeks in the UK, and became the fastest-selling single ever in Britain and raised £8 million, rather than the £70,000 Geldof had expected. Geldof then set his sights on staging a huge concert to raise further funds.
“It’s twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it’s time for: Live Aid ….” Richard Skinner opening the show.
Queen galvanised the stadium with some of their greatest hits, in which lead singer Freddie Mercury at times led the entire crowd of 72,000 in thundering unison refrains.[ In their 20 minute set the band opened with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and closed with “We Are the Champions”. Queen’s performance on that day has since been voted by more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music.
U2’s performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time – something for which they would eventually become superstars. The band played a 14-minute rendition of “Bad”, during which lead vocalist Bono jumped off the stage to join the crowd and dance with a girl. In July 2005, the girl with whom he danced revealed that he actually saved her life at the time. She was being crushed by the throngs of people pushing forwards; Bono saw this, and gestured frantically at the ushers to help her. They did not understand what he was saying, and so he jumped down to help her himself.
The JFK portion included reunions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the original Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, and surviving members of Led Zeppelin, with Phil Collins and Chic member Tony Thompson sharing duties on drums.
Throughout the concerts, viewers were urged to donate money to the Live Aid cause. Three hundred phone lines were manned by the BBC, so that members of the public could make donations using their credit cards. The phone number and an address that viewers could send cheques to were repeated every twenty minutes. Nearly seven hours into the concert in London, Bob Geldof enquired how much money had been raised; he was told £1.2 million. He is said to have been sorely disappointed by the amount and marched to the BBC commentary position. Pumped up further by a performance by Queen that he later called “absolutely amazing”, Geldof gave an infamous interview in which he used the word ‘fuck’.
The next day, news reports stated that between £40 and £50 million had been raised. Now, it is estimated that around £150m has been raised for famine relief as a direct result of the concerts.
This was great musical and humanitarian event but was it good enough? By my opinion no it was too little. It is not enough to do one or two concerts every 20 or so years and than you feel like you have done enough. There is enough food for entire world population the only problem is unfair distribution. It is almost unbelievable from my perspective that someone in 21. century dies because he did not had enough food. We as the world in whole have to make an effort to stop that and it is easy, why do I have to have chocolate, fruits, eggs, meat, vegetables…. and even throw it in the garbage, when some child out here does not have as much as little bread or rice.
It makes you think?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Have a great 13.07.2014.