Today’s a music-related post as Saturdays have become to be and I’d like to talk about the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts.
The 1986 Live Aid event was organised by Bob Geldof and he definitely excelled in the organisation. The two venues, Wembley in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia seen about 170,000 people in the audience combined, 16 hours played, about 60 acts played and about £30 million collected to help the starving in Africa.
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 and you can see why:
On its 20th anniversary global event, Live 8 took place in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Barrie, Chiba, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall and Edinburgh organised again by Bob Geldof. I personally remember watching it on TV with some friends and family, putting our little money together and crying our hearts out for being able to be part of something that big. U2’s opening was brilliant and Pink Floyd’s performance is still the performance that first showed me that once a musician, always a musician.
These events, where so many people come together for the same cause in mind always show me that humanity is strong and not deliberately cruel. For the most part at least.