Song of the Day: Queen – “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” (at Live Aid)



On this day in 1985, one of rock’s greatest concerts — Live Aid — kicked off. Over 170,000 people attended shows at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, with an audience of 1.9 billion tuning in around the world. The event, which was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to aid victims of the Ethiopian famine, consisted of a who’s who of music, including Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, U2, The Who, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Sting, and so many more. But in the opinion of many, it was Queen who stole the show with their rousing set, which they managed to pull off without a soundcheck. They closed the set with “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” which looking at will make it easy to see why it’s regarded by some as the greatest live set of all time.

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One comment on “Song of the Day: Queen – “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” (at Live Aid)
  1. One of the greatest performances in rock history. Freddie was absolutely on fire and loving every second of it. They were followed by David Bowie who looked at Freddie as Queen was exiting the stage and said thanks ” now what am I supposed to do!”

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