Live Aid  -
Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):
Well, I don't know what to say..... : Like so many other reviewers, I devoted the day to watching this, put the radio through my band's PA in the garden, bought in about 4 barrels of Beardoe's Old Weasel (which went pretty quickly), invited a gang, fed all the livestock early for once and put the TV in the window so that we could all watch. Even farming had to stop for a day.
And what a mixed bag it all is. I do not agree with the last reviewer that it is "dross" but there is a lot of truth in what he says. Like 'em or loathe 'em, Dire Straits and Queen showed everybody the way home, closely followed by B B King on quite magnificnet form, beamed to our TVs. In fact, a lot of our guests had only the vaguest notion of who B B King was, but after a few numbers they all knew very well who he was. I find it almost beyond belief that his performance is hardly ever mentioned. There were some real horrors, such as the now-famous debacle with Dylan, which was unspeakable, and our gang found U2 pretty unbearable, but at least they could cut it.
There is no point in reviewing all the acts, but this DVD picks up a very great deal of it. Nobody in their right minds could sit through all four DVDs (you need 6 pints of Beardoe's Old Weasel for that), but you can pick at it. The bottom line is that it veers from very good to beyond parody, sadly with more acts heading towards parody. I suppose the wonder is that like the bumble bee, it flew at all. If only Bob had managed to get Eric Clapton and, even better, Rory Gallagher, then it would have started to become an event to remember for the music rather than for the event. Very flawed, but interesting.
A capsule in time in the history of rock 'n roll : The day was July 5th 1985, and at the grand old age of 11, and having an avid music fan for a father I sat down and watched in awe as the biggest rock 'n roll event of all time kicked off. Status Quo started with the only song that could have opened a show of this scale "Rockin' All Over The World". Between midday (London time) and when the sun went down, I watched as much as I could, as well as playing over the park on my BMX!! What followed was what can only be described as a day and night of the who's who of music acts at that point in time. At Wembley the standouts undoubtedly were Queen, U2, Bowie, Dire Straits, Sting and Elton John. Over in Philly I feel personally it was more of a mixed bag, not the performers on show but the performances. Madonna jumped about for 15 minutes entertainingly, Simple Minds were at their peak, The Beach Boys just about got away with it. Ozzy and Black Sabbath rocked and later into the night Mick & Tina were embarrassing, and the less said about Keef, Ronnie and Dylan the better. After reading some of the other reviews I totally agree that the flow of the show is slighly up and down, and time hasn't been too kind to some of the 'stars' of the '80's. But that's part of the charm for me. Also it ought to be noted that some of the original tapes have gone missing between 1985 and 2004 when it was decided to re-master and finally release it to the public. At the time both of the gig both the BBC in the UK and MTV in the states who broadcast it simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, were actually told by a certain Sir Bob Geldoff that they were not to record it as he feared bootleggers would profit from it. Luckily they ignored him so I think we should be thankful for any footage that has survived. Yes Led Zeppelin's set is not here, and other artists did perform longer sets than on offer here, but given that no-one had attempted a concert on this scale previously I think they pulled it off fairly well considering the technology available at the time. It is, simply put a capsule in time and will always be fondly remembered by myself and despite what the cynics say I think it's great. Buy it, you won't regret it.
A Magic Day : Just when it seemed the idealism of sixties youth was gone forever along comes Geldof to stoke it up again. The price this DVD is now retailing at makes it one of the biggest bargains in recorded rock music and will make a worthy addition to any collection. There are a lot of quality performance but my favourite is probably U2 who were just about to go mega on the back of this performance. I think each year I'll try and keep a day aside for celebrating this event again - there is so much good karma about it. At the present price buy it without hesitation knowing your buying into a piece of musical history and feel good about doing so at the same time because you are also helping the Live Aid causes with your purchase.
LIVE AID 1985 : This is a really great DVD for the 'BEST' live aid performance to date. Gone but not forgotten...
The music and performances on the DVD are really good like Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, U2, Dire Straights etc...
The biggest problems with it, is there are lots of tracks and performances missing!! i.e elton john - i'm still standing
If I remember back then, 'Wham' was in it as well im sure!!!
Not sure why they left these bands or tracks from the DVD, I do know that the microphones were going wrong all day, and some songs you couldn't hear, maybe that was the reason, but they should had put it on anyway!
Its a fantastic DVD, really good, but only 3 stars as its incomplete!
Classic : Brilliant DVD of a brilliant day. I'm not old enough to remember the actual day, as it was originally broadcast the day before my 5th birthday. I love all the songs, and the clips of the newscast from Africa has me in floods of tears everytime I watch it.
Classic, what else can I say?
Buy "Live Aid " now!