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Greatest Festival Moments in Rock and Roll History: Live Aid 1985

2 Festival Moments

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.

Online Video

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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Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Queen, 2001.
Queen accepts Rock Hall inductee award, 2001.
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