Never ever there had been a show like Queen at Live Aid of 1985. The nearest to Queen was “Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’ at Princess Diana’s funeral, which had enormous appreciation and acceptance apart from being incredibly emotive. This still was near as I don’t think anyone’s yet ousted Queen played in 1985. This was commented by Holly Thomas, a London-based writer, and editor who had written an ode to the performance on CNN.
Watched by nearly two billion people worldwide, Live Aide was a beneficiary concert broadcasted on July 13, 1985. It was a fundraising event held at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium and London’s Wembley Stadium at the same time. This was one of the biggest music acts performed and included Rick Springfield, Madonna, Elton John, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and U2.
Queen’s set is the most admired stage to date because it is associated with the comeback of a rock icon, Freddie Mercury. He wants to prove something using the Live Aid stage. Author of the show Lesley-Ann Jones praised Freddie calling his performance mesmerizing. He had also authored “Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury.” As said by him, Freddie was a concoction of the brilliance of every great performance artist.
Team of Queen has Freddie Mercury, who was the lead vocalist from 1970 to 1991, John Deacon, who plays guitar and keyboard from 1971 to 1997, Brian May, who is a vocalist and play guitar and keyboard for the band from 1970 till date and Roger Taylor, who plays drum and guitar from 1970 till date.
Apart from these, there were others who participated in Live Aid Concert. There were performances from Live Aid, U2, Sting, The Who, Dire Straits, Elton John, Elvis Costello, George Michael who performed in London on this big event. The song which later became the biggest hit was “Money for Nothing” and also the song of the summer. Performer Dire Straits summed up his performance with the name “Sultans of Swing.” This was followed by U2’s performance.
Queen was in a recovery stage of the disastrous disappointment of the 1982 album “Hot Space”. The band singer Mercury had received a poor response on his solo album “Mr. Bad Guy”. They took the stage of Live Aide concert with a determination of silencing everyone in appreciation of their performance. They gained huge success and goodwill from the show that became a real reason of Queen book comeback tour the next year. During Mercury’s lifetime, they released three more albums.
The second coming was tragically short-lived. Freddie got his much due appreciation quite late. There countless who had gathered to see Queen fronted by Adam Lambert and many millions watched Freddie’s story on the silver screen which was invigorated by Rami Malek (in 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”). But they could not be close to the magic of the original as Freddie was the greatest rock front man ever.”
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