Live Aid was staged simultaneously on three continents and featured an unbelievable line up of major Rock & Pop acts, performing for a live broadcast beamed to the world from London’s Wembley and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadiums.
Even today, after almost 20 years, the line up of stars, put together by Bob Geldof in a matter of months, remains both remarkable and unsurpassed. It is a Who’s Who of contemporary music; united in their unequivocal support for Live Aid.
The extraordinary line-up includes: U2, Sting, David Bowie, Elton John, George Michael, The Who, Madonna, Queen, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath, Spandau Ballet, Dire Straits, Paul Weller, Sade, Paul Young, Adam Ant, The Boomtown Rats, The Cars, Bryan Ferry, Bryan Adams, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ultravox, Run DMC, BB King, INXS, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Joan Baez, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Beach Boys, Judas Priest, Nik Kershaw, The Style Council, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, Nile Rodgers, Hall & Oates, Status Quo, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Howard Jones, Teddy Pendergrass, Alison Moyet, and Kenny Loggins.
Since that great day this historic concert footage has remained locked away, and the announcement of its imminent DVD release is, therefore, indeed momentous. Unscrupulous bootleggers have tried to sell the concert on the black market but have been shut down and prosecuted on a number of occasions.
This has forced the Band Aid Trust to seek permission from all the artists to be included in the four-disc Live Aid set, an eventuality that was never anticipated at the time of Live Aid.
Now, in time for the 20 th anniversary of Live Aid and after 19 years in the vaults, Warner Vision International will release those unforgettable performances on a Live Aid, 4 DVD package out on 8 th November.
Currently in production with the master videotapes and over 10 hours of performances, the DVD will be superbly presented and re-mastered in multi-channel surround sound and stereo audio options. Within the set, additional gems include the ‘Food and Trucks and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ documentary, (sub-titled in 8 languages), and inspirational Live Aid performances from other parts of the globe.
Live Aid on DVD is the most eagerly anticipated music DVD of the decade.
In a hotly-contested, open bidding invitation, Warners secured a licence to represent and distribute, worldwide, the Live Aid 4-disc set. Live Aid remains the asset of the Band Aid Trust.
Warner Vision International’s Ray Still commented. "There is only one music event that begs the question "Where were you on that day?" and that is Live Aid. Over 1.5 billion TV viewers tuned in, on July 13 1985, to Live Aid day.
It's an understatement to say that it’s a great pleasure and an honour for Warner Vision to be involved in bringing all the extraordinary moments and performances that encapsulated Live Aid to DVD for the first time”.
Bob Geldof added: “Twenty years ago they not only played “real good for free” they took an issue that was nowhere on the agenda of the political world and placed it at the very top. They also kept, directly or indirectly, millions of people alive and in so doing they reminded 1.5 billion people that individuals are not powerless in the face of monstrous human tragedy. By buying the Live Aid DVD, that day continues far off into some distant but, hopefully, better future for all those people in whose name those great artists played”.
Since the concert, the Band Aid Trust in the UK alone has raised over $50 million and continues to operate in famine affected countries in Africa.
Live Aid Tracklisting
Band Aid Video ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’
Usa For Africa Video ‘We Are The World’
Coldstream Guards ‘Royal Salute’
Status Quo ‘Rockin' All Over The World’, ‘Caroline’
The Style Council ‘Internationalists’, ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’
The Boomtown Rats ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, ‘Drag Me Down’
Adam Ant ‘Vive Le Rock’
Ultravox ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, ‘Vienna’
Spandau Ballet ‘Only When You Leave’, ‘True’
Elvis Costello ‘All You Need Is Love’
Nik Kershaw ‘Wouldn't It Be Good’
Sade ‘Your Love Is King’
Phil Collins ‘Against All Odds’
Sting & Phil Collins ‘Every Breath You Take’
Howard Jones ‘Hide And Seek’
Bryan Ferry ‘Slave To Love’, ‘Jealous Guy’
Paul Young ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’‘Come Back And Stay’, ‘Every Time You Go Away’
Paul Young & Alison Moyet ‘That's The Way Love Is’
Bryan Adams ‘Kids Wanna Rock’, ‘Summer Of '69’’
U2 ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘Bad’
The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn't It Be Nice’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Surfin’ Usa’
Dire Straits & Sting ‘Money For Nothing’
Dire Straits ‘Sultans Of Swing’
George Thorogood & The Destroyers ‘Madison Blues’
Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Radio Gaga’ ‘Hammer To Fall’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are The Champions’
Simple Minds ‘Ghost Dancing’, ‘(Don't You) Forget About Me’
David Bowie ‘Tvc15’, ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘Modern Love’, ‘Heroes’
CBC Ethiopian Famine Film
Joan Baez ‘Amazing Grace’
Pretenders ‘Stop Your Sobbing’, ‘Chain Gang’, ‘Middle Of The Road’
The Who ‘Love Reign O'er Me’, ‘Won't Get Fooled Again’
Kenny Loggins ‘Footloose’
Elton John ‘Bennie And The Jets’, ‘Rocket Man’
Elton John & Kiki Dee ‘Don't Go Breaking My Heart’
Elton John & George Michael ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’
Madonna ‘Holiday’, ‘Get Into The Groove’
Freddie Mercury & Brian May ‘Is This The World We Created?’
Paul McCartney ‘Let It Be’
Band Aid Finale ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‘American Girl’, ‘Refugee’
Black Sabbath Featuring Ozzy Osbourne ‘Paranoid’
Reo Speedwagon ‘Can't Fight This Feeling’, ‘Roll With The Changes’
Crosby Stills & Nash ‘Teach Your Children’
Judas Priest ‘Living After Midnight’, ‘Green Manalishi’
The Cars ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Heartbreak City’
Neil Young ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ ‘Nothing Is Perfect (In God's Perfect Plan)’
Thompson Twins, Steve Stevens, Nile Rodgers & Madonna ‘Revolution’
Eric Clapton ‘White Room’, ‘She's Waiting’, ‘Layla’
Phil Collins (In Philadelphia) ‘In The Air Tonight’
Duran Duran ‘Union Of The Snake’, ‘Save A Prayer’, ‘The Reflex’
Patti Labelle ‘Imagine’, ‘Forever Young’
Hall & Oates ‘Maneater’
Hall & Oates With Eddie Kendricks ‘Get Ready (Cos Here I Come)’
Hall & Oates With Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin ‘Ain't Too Proud To Beg’, ‘My Girl’
Mick Jagger ‘Just Another Night’, ‘Miss You’
Mick Jagger & Tina Turner ‘State Of Shock’, ‘It's Only Rock 'N' Roll’
Bob Dylan With Keith Richards & Ron Wood ‘Blowing In The Wind’
USA For Africa Finale ‘We Are The World’
INXS ‘What You Need’, ‘Don’t Change’
B.B. King ‘Why I Sing The Blues’, ‘Don't Answer The Door’, ‘Rock Me Baby’
Ashford & Simpson With Teddy Pendergrass ‘Reach Out And Touch’
Run DMC ‘King Of Rock’
Cliff Richard ‘A World Of Difference’
Overseas Contributors Various
David Bowie & Mick Jagger ‘Dancing In The Streets’
Documentary ‘Food And Trucks And Rock 'N' Roll’