Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Queen Anniversary: 25 Years Since Live Aid

Confession - I just woke up. It's 11:45 EST and I've had a long 24 hours. Our flight left Cabo San Lucas at 3pm EST (1pm Cabo time). Our second flight from Atlanta was supposed to take off at 9:30pm. Then it was 10:45pm. Then 11:15pm. Then 12:15am. I think we finally took off sometime around 12:30am. We landed around  3:15am, got our bags, waited for our ride and arrived home around 4am. Oh my gosh am I glad I didn't have to go to into work today - even now I'm so tired I can barely see straight! Husband has already loaded pictures onto the computer so I'm hoping to pick out some nice ones to post later tonight so watch out for that.

But in the meantime, it was brought to my attention that today is the 25th Anniversary of Live Aid.  Of course, most people know that Live Aid was an international concert organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The concert was actually a pair of concerts: one at Wembley Stadium in London and one at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. The concerts were also broad casted live on television across the world.

Queen was invited to play at the Wembley Stadium concert. They accepted and 25 years ago today, gave what is considered by many the greatest live show ever. Seriously, if you haven't ever seen Queen's Live Aid show, you are doing yourself a disservice.

The band only had approximately 20 minutes on stage so they selected a mix of their most popular hits: Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Hammer to Fall, and Radio Ga Ga. Just to watch the crowd of 75,000 (all of whom weren't even necessarily Queen fans) clap along to Radio Ga Ga demonstrates what a tremendous hold Freddie Mercury had over all audiences. Truly amazing!

I'll hopefully be back later, much more rested, fed, and less cranky with some photos. We had an amazing time and I'm sad to be home, but glad that this weekend my family is in town and then next weekend is Dr. May's book signing!


  1. i watched the live aid video from your radio gaga post a while back and made brad watch it too! it gave me chills watching all those people clap, and mercury really was such a great showman! sigh, wish i could have seen him in person....

  2. Kathleen that was awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Suz - Agreed. It really is crazy. Did that skirt fit by the way? I never heard from you!

    Lorraine - I'm glad you watched/enjoyed it. Just watching the video is amazing - I can't even imagine being there in person!