Queen's guitarist Brian May expressed how he would like to witness another Live Aid Concert for a good cause.
Brian May, the legendary guitarist of Queen recently expressed how he hoped for a large concert like 1985's Live Aid to fight climate change. Prince Charles and Princess Diana kickstarted this global-scale rock concert at the Wembley Stadium, London. This historical musical celebration was organized to raise as much money to fund the famine-stricken Africans. The likes of Madonna, Elton John, U2, Mick Jagger, Dawid Bowie, and Phil Collins were a part of this iconic concert.
As reported by CNN, Brian told The Daily Mirror, "It probably would take the younger generation to take that bull by the horns. We'd help in any way we can, but I think that's what it would require." Brian also showed his concern for the lack of concerts and music festivals that we have today. When compared to the good old days, he noted that it might prove to be a mammoth task to pull off such a large-scale concert in current times.
The "superconcert" was also broadcasted on television throughout 110 nations. More than 1.5 billion views were estimated to have witnessed this satellite-linked concert. This effort had successfully raised more than $127 million for their needy famine victims in Africa. The 16 hour-long concert continued at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, as well as at several other venues around the world.
According to History.com, Bob Geldof was a singer in the Irish rock band Boomtown Rats and the mastermind behind this Classic Rock relief concert. Geldof made his way out to Ethiopia in 1984, after learning about the terrible famine which took the lives of thousands of residents and posed a great threat to million others. In an attempt to raise money for the famine-stricken Ethiopians, Brian recorded a single along with some of Ireland's and Britain's top pop artists as soon as he landed in London.
The song "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" was his creation alongside Ultravox singer Midge Ure. It was then performed by "Band Aid" which featured Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Culture Club, U2 to name a few. Fortunately, they were able to raise more than $10 million and it proved to be Britain's best-selling single. The song also ranked number one in the United States and in turn inspired pop stars like Lionel Riche and Michael Jackson write "We Are The World." With their ensemble "USA for Africa" was able to raise $44 million.
Queen had a huge role to play during the course of the concert. Freddie Mercury left the audience mesmerized with his epic 20 minute-long performance. They played several songs beginning from the hits in their early 1980s until then. They began with the iconic song "Bohemian Rhapsody" and went on to "We Will Rock You". The whole build-up had a powerful end with "We are the Champions." Queen successfully captured the audience under a musical spell cast by Mercury.
The other highlight of the show was Phil Collins performance in Philadelphia. He later played the drums during the reunion of Led Zeppelin's surviving members. Geldof was seen lifted aloft on the shoulders of Who's Pete Townsend, and Paul McCartney at the London finale. The concert ended with "We Are The World." Geldof's efforts didn't go unnoticed and he was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.