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Live Aid, 1985

Queen

Live Aid was arguably the greatest live concert ever staged. A less-argued point is that Queen's performance at Live Aid stole the show. Freddie Mercury's commanding stage presence and the band's impeccable musicianship blew away stadium audiences in London and Philadelphia and the global television audience of two billion. But even the superstars performing that day, from Elton John to the Who, acknowledged Queen's perfomance dominated Live Aid.

U2

Like many breakout festival performances, U2 at Live Aid was as much a filmed event as a live event. During "Bad," Bono climbed out into the crowd and wrapped his arms around a female fan, creating a sense of intimacy in a massive audience, both in the stadium and those watching around the world. It cemented U2's image as a band that could make the big dramatic stadium gesture that feels personal.

 

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Queen full performance at Live Aid, Wembley Stadium, 1985.

U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Live Aid.

U2, "Bad," Live Aid.

David Bowie, "Heroes," Live Aid.

The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Love Reign O'er Me," Live Aid.

Simple Minds, "Don't You Forget About Me," Live Aid.

USA for Africa, "We Are the World" music video.
 

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Archival Collections

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  • Documents
    Research materials on Live Aid compiled by David Hinkley. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records relating to the Live Aid car.
  • R. Todd Richards Collection
    Poster for Live Aid, dated 2004.
  • Audio
    Recording of Eric Clapton performance at Live Aid.
  • Video
    Recordings of the Live Aid television simulcast.
  • Ken Regan Photographs
    Billed as the "global jukebox," the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Comedians and performers featured include Harry Belafonte, Eric Clapton, Cher, Chevy Chase, Sheena Easton, Hall and Oates, Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), Peter Paul and Mary, Joe Piscopo, Power Station, REO Speedwagon, Lionel Richie, the Thompson Twins, George Thorogood, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick, as well as promoter Bill Graham. Some shots include the "We Are the World" finale.
 

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Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Queen, 2001.
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