Way back in 1985 there was Live Aid the benefit concert that remains a defining moment in music. Organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure off the back of the hit single Do They Know its Christmas? that raised funds for the appalling famine in Ethiopia that BBC journalist Michael Burke’s news report bought to the world’s attention. It almost never happened with Geldof twisting the the ear of every major band to appear and all initially reluctant. The rest is history like Woodstock in the 60’s it became a defining moment in time for a generation. Well now almost forty years later there is news of Live Aid the Imax movie according to Geldof
He is optimistic about the availability of concert films, such as the recent Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour saying. “It’s good that cinema is being used because audiences are down,” he said. “It’s a great experience. It’s a shared experience. The sound is great in cinemas generally now.’
“And as the media landscape spreads through streaming, etc., the need for content grows,” he added. “I know for a fact that they’re looking at doing an Imax film on Live Aid, and there’s a Disney series — four-part or six-part series — on Live Aid, and there’s a musical about Live Aid at the end of January in opening in London. So, that stuff will just continue.”
The concert was full of brilliant and unforgettable moments that included Status Quo opening the gig with ‘Rocking all over the world’ ‘ But there were many others including Geldof famously swearing on live TV telling audiences at home to start donating money now. The concert made U2 the band they are today but for many it is the barnstorming performance by Queen led by an utterly magnificent Freddie Mercury at the peak of his powers that is undoubtedly the highlight and is sure to reman so when Live Aid the Imax movie is released
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