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Live Sounds presents tonight this selection of 30 videos showing the setlist and main performers of the Band Aid Concert at JFK stadium in Philadelphia (USA) in July 13, 1985.
Memorable moments at JFK Stadium
At the very beginning of the televised portion of the Philadelphia concert, Joan Baez announced to the assembled crowd (and the viewing audience) that "this is your Woodstock, and it's long overdue", before leading the crowd in "Amazing Grace" (paired with a couple of verses of "We Are the World").
When Madonna got on stage, despite the 95°F ambient temperature, she proclaimed "I'm not taking shit off today!" referring to the recent release of early nude photos of her in Playboy and Penthouse magazines. During his opening number, "American Girl", Tom Petty flipped the middle finger to somebody off stage about one minute into song. Petty stated the song was a last minute addition when the band realised that they would be the first act to play the American side of the concert after the London finale and "since this is, after all, JFK Stadium".
When Bob Dylan broke a guitar string, Ronnie Wood took off his own guitar and gave it to Dylan. Wood was left standing on stage guitarless. After shrugging to the audience, he played air guitar, even mimicking The Who's Pete Townshend by swinging his arm in wide circles, until a stagehand brought him a replacement. Although this moment was left off the DVD, the performance itself was included, featuring footage focusing solely on Keith Richards.
The JFK portion included reunions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the original Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, and former members of Led Zeppelin, with Phil Collins and Chic member Tony Thompson sharing duties on drums (although they were not officially announced by their group name from the stage, but were announced as Led Zeppelin on the VH1 10th Anniversary re-broadcast in 1995).
Because of Robert Plant's hoarse voice, Jimmy Page's struggling with an out-of-tune guitar, lack of rehearsal with two drummers and poorly functioning monitors their performance was called by them as "sub-standard" and they blocked all the possible broadcasts since then. Teddy Pendergrass made his first public appearance since his near-fatal car accident in 1982 which paralysed him. Pendergrass, along with Ashford & Simpson, performed "Reach Out and Touch".
Also, Duran Duran performed a four-song set. The five original band members would not perform together publicly again until 2003. Their set is also memorable for an incredibly weak, off-key falsetto note hit by frontman Simon Le Bon during "A View to a Kill". The error was trumpeted by some media outlets as "The Bum Note Heard Round The World", in contrast to Freddie Mercury's powerful, sustained note during the a cappella section of Queen's Wembley set, which was dubbed as "The Note Heard Round The World". Simon later recalled that it was the most embarrassing moment of his career.
The UK TV feed from Philadelphia was dogged by an intermittent regular buzzing on the sound during Bryan Adams' turn on stage and continued less frequently throughout the rest of the UK reception of the American concert and both the audio and video feed failed entirely during that performance and during Simple Minds's performance.
Phil Collins, who had performed in England earlier in the day, began his set with the quip, "I was in England this afternoon. Funny old world, innit?", to cheers from the Philadelphia crowd.
Performers and setlists in Philadelphia JFK Stadium
(UTC -5) 12h00 in London - 7h00 in Philadelphia
- 8h51 - Bernard Watson "All I Really Want to Do" "Interview"
- 9h02 - Joan Baez "Amazing Grace"/"We Are the World"
- 9h12 - The Hooters "And We Danced" "All You Zombies"
- 9h33 - Four Tops "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" "Bernadette" "It's the Same Old Song" "Reach Out I'll Be There" "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
- 9h45 - Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen" "Loverboy"
- 9h52 - Black Sabbath "Children of the Grave" "Iron Man" "Paranoid"
- 10h12 - Run–D.M.C. "Jam Master Jay" "King Of Rock"
- 10h30 - Rick Springfield "Love Somebody" "State of the Heart" "Human Touch"
- 10h47 - REO Speedwagon "Can't Fight This Feeling" "Roll With the Changes"
- 11h15 - Crosby, Stills and Nash "Southern Cross" "Teach Your Children" "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
- 11h26 - Judas Priest "Living After Midnight" "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)" "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
- 12h02 - Bryan Adams "Kids Wanna Rock" "Summer of '69" "Tears Are Not Enough" "Cuts Like a Knife"
- 12h40 - The Beach Boys "California Girls" "Help Me, Rhonda" "Wouldn't It Be Nice" "Good Vibrations" "Surfin' U.S.A."
- 13h26 - George Thorogood and the Destroyers "Who Do You Love" (with Bo Diddley) "The Sky Is Crying" "Madison Blues" (with Albert Collins)
- 14h07 - Simple Minds "Ghost Dancing" "Don't You (Forget About Me)" "Promised You a Miracle"
- 14h41 - The Pretenders "Time the Avenger" "Message of Love" "Stop Your Sobbing" "Back on the Chain Gang" "Middle of the Road"
- 15h21 - Santana Pat Metheny "Brotherhood" "Primera Invasion" "Open Invitation" "By the Pool"/"Right Now"
- 15h57 - Ashford & Simpson "Solid" "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" (with Teddy Pendergrass)
- 16h27 - Madonna "Holiday" "Into the Groove" "Love Makes The World Go Round"
- 17h14 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "American Girl" "The Waiting" "Rebels" "Refugee"
- 17h30 - Kenny Loggins "Footloose"
- 17h49 - The Cars "You Might Think" "Drive" "Just What I Needed" "Heartbeat City"
- 18h07 - Neil Young "Sugar Mountain" "The Needle and the Damage Done" "Helpless" "Nothing Is Perfect (In God's Perfect Plan)" "Powderfinger"
- 18h43 - The Power Station "Murderess" "Get It On"
- 19h21 - Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now" "Revolution" (with Madonna, Steve Stevens & Nile Rogers)
- 19h39 - Eric Clapton Phil Collins "White Room" "She's Waiting" "Layla"
- 20h04 - Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" "In the Air Tonight"
- 20h10 - Jimmy Page Robert Plant John Paul Jones Tony Thompson Paul Martinez Phil Collins "Rock and Roll" "Whole Lotta Love" "Stairway To Heaven"
- 20h40 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" "Daylight Again/Find The Cost of Freedom"
- 20h45 - Duran Duran "A View to a Kill" "Union of the Snake" "Save a Prayer" "The Reflex"
- 21h20 - Patti LaBelle "New Attitude" "Imagine" "Forever Young" "Stir It Up" "Over the Rainbow" "Why Can't I Get It Over"
- 21h50 - Hall & Oates "Out of Touch" "Maneater" "Get Ready" (with Eddie Kendricks) "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (with David Ruffin) "The Way You Do the Things You Do" "My Girl" (with Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin)
- 22h15 - Mick Jagger Hall & Oates Eddie Kendricks David Ruffin Tina Turner "Lonely At the Top" "Just Another Night" "Miss You" "State Of Shock"/"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" (reprise) (with Tina Turner)
- 22h39 - Bob Dylan Keith Richards Ronnie Wood "Ballad of Hollis Brown" "When the Ship Comes In" "Blowin' in the Wind"
- 22h55 - USA for Africa "We Are the World"
Band & Live Aid Unofficial recordings
(As mentioned previously, the US MTV broadcast, the ABC Radio Network and BBC Radio 1 simulcasts were stereo).
These recordings started to circulate among collectors 20 years ago, and in recent years have also appeared on the Internet in file sharing networks. Since the official DVD release of Live Aid includes only partial footage of this event, unofficial distribution sources continue to be the one and only source of the most complete recordings of this important historical music event.
The official DVD is the only authorized video release in which proceeds go directly to famine relief, the cause that the concert was originally intended to help.
Band & Live Aid recordings releases
Following Geldof's request, ABC even erased its own broadcast tapes. However, before the syndicated/ABC footage was erased, copies of it were donated to the Smithsonian Institution and have now been presumed lost. It should be noted here that the ABC feed of the USA for Africa/"We Are The World" finale does exist in its entirety, complete with the network end credits, and can be found as a supplemental feature on the We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song DVD.
Meanwhile, MTV decided to keep recordings of its broadcast and eventually located more than 100 tapes of Live Aid in its archives, but many songs in these tapes were cut short by MTV's ad breaks and presenters (according to the BBC).
The BBC also decided to erase fragments of the performance due to storage limitations, to pave the way for newer programmes (this was common practise, and lead to 'missing' episodes of many shows, including popular programmes such as Porridge, Dad's Army, and Doctor Who, the latter has had some recovered).
However, many performances from the US were not shown on the BBC, and recordings of these performances are missing.
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