Dee Finney's blog

start date July 20, 2011

today's date January 12, 2014

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1-10-14 - DREAM -  I evidently was working at an apartment building or hotel, and responsible to rentals. 

Some woman came to the building and I told her the room was too small for her.

Down the hall, some medical people dropped off death certificates, so  I walked down the hall to retrieve them - the certificates were on bright yellow srtips - not sheets of paper. The yellow strips were inside a casing of white that was open and didnt' hide what it said.  I didn't look at the names of the two strips I picked up.  I ignored the medical people and took the strips back  to another desk where another woman was working and dropped them off on her desk.  It was her responsibility to notify someone I'm thinking.

I walked to the front of the building and saw there was a huge overpass type bridge out front - with lines of men standing in both directions - to my left and to my right.  They weren't moving - just standing there, and they wouldn't break ranks to let me through the line either as I had to cross over the left side of the bridge, where there was a large professional kitchen in operation.

I was supposed to be cooking something like a piece of chicken to make a sandwich, at the same time, the women behind the counter were cooking for hundreds of people.  That doesn't work very well, and my piece of chicken was done, I wanted to put it on the piece of buttered bread, and I was afraid to ask the woman if she could give me a piece of bread and some butter to make the sandwich.   I have no idea who was supposed to eat the chicken, because I don't eat bread - I was supposed to give it to someone.

For some reason, I recall seeing an aqua colored name like Susanford, or Susan_____  on a strip of paper or hanging in the air or on a sign.  I don't know where or why.

I don't recall giving the piece of chicken to anyone either.


1-12-14 - DREAM - I was in a large office building somewhere, on an upper floor. 

I came across a young man, wearing what looked like knickers with a matching suit jacket - he couldn't have been more than 12 or 13 it seemed.  He was carrying something small, which I assumed could have been a pipe bomb or something of that shape.

He was running from office to office, trying to get into the offices and jamming his foot against the door to open it because the offices were locked.

While he was doing that, he was saying racial slurs and yelling that it wasn 't fair that the company only allowed certain people to work there, and not everyone.

One of the offices was open, and I saw on the desk, a very large binder -  probably 5 or 6 inches thick, and at least 14 inches width in both directions.  It might have been a picture book of some kind. perhaps like a memorial book that people sign in funeral parlors as a guest.

Whoever owned that book pushed it back towards the back of the desk.  I couldn't tell who it was.

Meanwhile, this young man was still running from office to office, swearing against the company's hiring policies, and whatever he had in his hand, when he finally found an office he could get into, he threw the thing in his hand across the room at a desk. 

Nothing happened, so if it was a pipe bomb, it didn't go off.  He then reached for the phone to call 9/11 and I yelled at him to dial 411  which is 'Information'.

He ran out of the office because I had yelled at him and ran down the hall.

I followed him and found myself in a large central hallway that looked vaguely like a death memorial place made of marble that would hold flower pots in memorium, and there was a bust (made of dark wood) honoring a man -  it was just the head, but this memorial place was square with many places where someone could water potted plants.  The bust itself was more than a foot tall - maybe 16 to 18" tall.


I can't recall for certain if I was trying to water the dirt in these openings that would hold a pot or not - some were deeper than others - not really upkept well.  .

As the dream ended, I could hear the music of QUEEN, and the voice of Freddie Mercury singing "I want to break free."


1-12-2014 - MEDITATION DREAM -  This dream showed me the oval STAR that Freddie Mercury wants me to put around and under the bust of him. 

dee star




"I Want To Break Free"

I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free.

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the first time

And this time I know it's for real
I've fallen in love, yeah
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love.

It's strange but it's true
I can't get over the way you love me like you do
But I have to be sure
When I walk out that door
Oh how I want to be free, baby
Oh how I want to be free,
Oh how I want to break free.

But life still goes on
I can't get used to, living without, living without,
Living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own
So baby can't you see
I've got to break free.

I've got to break free
I want to break free, yeah
I want, I want, I want, I want to break free.








0. A-1 Self Storage Company

Owned by Terry Caster, A-1 is one of California’s largest storage rental companies, with over 40 locations in the state. The owner and his family donated $693,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign, making then the 2nd largest individual donors to the measure. Caster defended his donation, telling the San Diego Tribune, “Without solid marriage, you are going to have a sick society.” Since November, three protests against the company have been staged by Californians Against Hate and a boycott is ongoing.

How They’re Faring: As a family-owned, private business, there’s little way to tell how the company is faring and there’s been no recent business news about A-1.

What You Can Do: Activists have set-up a website asking people to boycott the company as well as call the customer support line to voice let them know why they are taking their business elsewhere.


A-1 Self Storage Company: Terry Caster is the owner. It is a family (third generation) run company. They have over 40 locations in

California. The
  'Californians Against Hateblog reports: “Mr. Caster and his family have contributed $693,000 to the Protect

 Marriage campaign. That makes the Casters the 2nd largest individual donors to Yes on Prop 8.” [



 AutoZone Inc.

“America’s number one retailer of auto parts and accessories” continues to refuse domestic partner benefits for employees. AutoZone, a Fortune 500 company, also has a history of being a hostile workforce to women and in 2006,was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


How They’re Faring: Depends on who you ask. Shares of AutoZone hit a new 52-week high Friday, closing at $146.39 per share, up $3.81 or 2.67 percent for the day, but at least one stock forecaster says AutoZone is ripe for shorting.

What You Can Do: Currently, there is no organized boycott action against AutoZone. Their customer service number is 1-800-859-3282.


AutoZone Inc: Does not offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. The company can discriminate against and

same-sex couples in ways they can’t do to opposite-sex (married) couples. A Fortune 500 company. [HRC buyers guide]



 Brown-Forman Corp.

A Fortune 1000 Company, Brown-Forman distributes Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodkas, Herradura Tequila, Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Fetzer Wines, Korbel Champagne, Bolla Wines, Bonterra Wines, but provides no comfort to its gay and lesbian employees, refusing even basic domestic partner benefits.

How They’re Faring: B.F. is currently trading at $41.70, up marginally from their mid-November 52 week low of $38 dollars, but over the past 10 years has had an average of 8.3% growth annually.

What You Can Do: This one makes the list because it’s so easy for you to make a difference. Stop drinking the brands Brown-Forman distributes. If you’re out at a gay bar and see a bottle of SoCo or Jack Daniels on the shelf (which you will at just about any gay bar), let them know that they’re serving up their whiskey with a chaser of hate and ask them to consider taking it down off the shelf—though you may want to do this the next day while sober and not while loudly screaming at your bartender. With so many gay-friendly liquor companies, there’s no reason to put Brown-Forman booze in your gullet.

 Sean Wachsman, P.R. Manager for Southern Comfort writes:

“I noticed you have included Brown-Forman on this list, so I wanted to provide you with some updated information. Brown-Forman began offering domestic partner benefits in January 2009, amended our EEO policy to include gender identity or expression and have created a GLBT Resource Group, among other GLBT efforts.

These changes reflect a genuine desire, on the part of our leadership, to create an inclusive organization. We hope you will provide this current information to your readers and revise your top 10 list by removing Brown-Forman.”



CBRL Group Inc. (Cracker Barrel restaurants) Operates 579 full-service Cracker Barrel restaurants and gift shops in 41 states. The

 business has a long history of discriminating against gays and blacks, both as employees and dinners. It had an HR policy from

 1991 until 2002 that said “It is inconsistent with our concept and values, and is perceived to be inconsistent with those of our

 customer base, to continue to employ individuals in our operating units whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal

 heterosexual values.” Seventeen workers were fired because they admitted or were assumed to be gay after the first few months

 that the policy was created. [
Wikipedia] A spokesperson in 2008 said Cracker Barrel “welcomes all guests, and our equal

 opportunity employment statement clearly states that we will not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation.” However,

 it does not offer diversity training, domestic partner benefits or any support for their GLBT employees. It has a Corporate

Equality Index score of 15/100. [





Regular Queerty readers know our feelings about Cinemark CEO Alan Stock, who donated $9,999 dollars to the Yes on 8 campaign. Operating also under the name Tinseltown, CineArts and Century Theaters, Cinemark delivers the sort of highbrow, artistic films that appeal to gays. Despite multiple boycotts, including one at Sundance, neither Stock nor Cinemark have pledged to change anything, other than to send out form letters saying, “It would be inappropriate to influence our employees’ position on personal issues outside the work environment, especially on political, social or religious activities,” to people who write asking for Cinemark to take a stand.

How They’re Faring: Need proof that boycotts are effective? Look no further than Cinemark. While almost all movie chains saw their stock tumble in the October crash, Cinemark has regained little of its value as competitors like Regal Cinemas have shown moderate improvement. Cinemark now trades at half of what it did in September, hovering at $7.99/ share.


What You Can Do: Continue boycotting Cinemark. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against invalidating Prop. 8 and now’s as good a time as any to renew your commitment to eat your popcorn in a place that isn’t run by a bigot.


Cinemark: Alan Stock, Cinemark’s CEO, gave $9,999 to the “Yes on 8” ( campaign.

Cinemark has 2700 movie screens in North and South America. In northern California they mainly operate under Century,

CinéArts and Cinedome name. [



Dish Network: Company shareholders recently (6/08) shot down a proposal that would bar the company from discriminating

 against employees based on their sexual orientation. Dish Network also chooses not to carry LGBT cable networks Logo and

 Here! [
Queers United]



 Domino’s Pizza

Another case of CEOs and management using their prominent position and hefty salary to put down gays and lesbians, Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan is a co-founder of the Thomas More Law Center, which recently defended the San Diego Fire Fighters who won a lawsuit claiming they were sexually harassed by being forced to March in a gay pride parade. Monaghan also financed a 2001 ballot initiative to remove sexual orientation from Ypsilanti, Michigan’s, non-discrimination ordinance. David Brandon, the current CEO, opposes gay marriage and brushed off questions about Domino’s decision not to extend health benefits to spouses of gay employees when asked about in 2006 saying when he ran for Regent of the University of Michigan, explaining why he doesn’t support non-discrimination by saying,

“I don’t understand why we continually have to have discussions about who should and who shouldn’t be included, in terms of our nondiscrimination policy, because I think identifying specific, special-interest groups or specific entities within the institution almost implies that unless you’re on that list, then somehow we think you should be treated differently than people who are on that list. It should not be about lists.”

How They’re Faring: So so. Domino’s lost about half of its stock value in the crash, but has been steadily gaining traction since and now trades at $6.49/ share, down from a 52-week high of $15.33.

What You Can Do: Weirdly, just about everyone from all sides of the political spectrum have called for a boycott on Domino’s. Conservatives decry their decision to open a halal-only branch of the pizzeria in the UK and the National Organization of Women boycott the store 
for the company’s decision last year to donate $50,000 to a pro-life group.


Domino’s Pizza: While Domino’s does not directly contribute to anti-gay activity, founder Tom Monaghan has contributed

 heavily to initiatives and organizations that oppose the rights of GLBTs. He is a co-founder of the Thomas More Law Center,

 which is advocating in court to restrict access to domestic partner benefits, and in 2001 financed a ballot proposal in Ypsilanti,

 MI to remove sexual orientation from that city’s non-discrimination ordinance. David Brandon, the current CEO, also opposes

 gay marriage.




Rated a 0 by the HRC on gay and lesbian worker’s rights, ExxonMobil is the largest Fortune 500 company to offer no domestic partner benefits. In 1999, when the two companies merged, they eliminated domestic-partner benefits for same-sex partners. The company also consistently refuses to ban discrimination based on orientation and gender identity, except where required by law.

How They’re Faring: While the rest of the economy is tanking, ExxonMobil tankers, laden with liquid gold, have helped the company reap record profits. On Monday, major brokerage firm Deutsche Bank upgraded Exxon Mobil Corp. from a ‘hold’ to a ‘buy’.

What You Can Do: Take public transportation to work. You’ll not only be hurting big oil’s anti-gay employment practices, you’ll be helping the environment as well.

What do you think about boycotts? We’d love to hear about your own personal financial decisions and if you ever choose to shop elsewhere because of a company’s policies. Let us know about it in the comments.


ExxonMobil: Eliminated domestic-partner benefits for same-sex partners when the two companies merged in 1999. It is the

 largest Fortune 500 company that does not offer domestic-partner benefits. It also refuses to ban discrimination based on

 orientation and gender identity. [
HRC buyers guide]

Manchester Grand Resorts

Doug Manchester, owner of San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grand del Mar Resort and Whitetail Club and Resort in Idaho gave $125,000 to Yes on Prop 8 campaign. PlanetOut Inc., the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Human Rights Campaign all dropped any association with the hotel last year once it was learned that Manchester was using his cash to put Prop. 8 on the ballot.


How They’re Faring: Another privately owned company, another completely opaque ledger book.


What You Can Do: You can join the ongoing boycott organized by Californians Against Hate.



 Salvation Army

As a church, the Salvation Army is exempt from state anti-gay discrimination laws and the evangelical Christian organization takes advantage of it every chance they get. The Salvation Army openly says that “practicing homosexuals” aren’t welcome in their organization and they have lobbyists in D.C. and abroad who work to prevent gay rights legislation from being enacted.


How They’re Faring: One of the other benefits of being a church is that you don’t have to reveal your financial documents.


What You Can Do: Come Christmas, don’t drop your nickels in that red kettle, no matter how much Santa Claus tempts you to.



Urban Outfitters (with one caveat)

As we were putting this list together, we knew Urban Outfitters, whose chairman, Richard Hayne, regularly supports anti-gay legislation and GOP candidates who vote against gay rights, was going to be on the list. In November, the company quickly removed t-shirts supporting gay marriage from their stores. However, one small glimmer of change occurred last week when the store announced that the t-shirts were back and that 100 percent of its “Marriage Equality” t-shirt salesare going to Equality California and National Center for Lesbian Rights, both major players in the upcoming Supreme Court hearing in California.


How They’re Faring:Urban Outfitters has lost more than 50% of its stock value this year, trading now at just over $16.


What You Can Do: A boycott against Urban Outfitters has been going on for years, but the recent t-shirt decision gives gays and lesbians the opportunity to use the carrot as well as the stick. 

Write to Urban Outfitters and thank them for their decision to support gay rights organizations.


Walmart Stores Inc.

Wal-Mart does not offer domestic partner benefits except in locations required by law. In addition, while Wal-Mart is the largest retailer of books in the country, it refuses to carry any LGBT-related titles. In 2008, after Christian Conservative groups threatened a boycott, Wal-Mart left the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with a spokesperson saying the company had decided not “to support or oppose highly controversial issues.”


How They’re Faring: Wal-Mart’s growth has slowed over the past few years and like all retailers, the company has felt the crunch. That said, stock-guru and angry man Jim Cramer said Monday, “Wal-mart is the only retailer I’m recommending. I think it’s terrific, I’d pull the trigger under $46 a share.”


What You Can Do: While the conservative threats of boycott forced Wal-Mart to change their limited support for gay and lesbian rights, there’s been no move by gays and lesbians to boycott in return.


Full story here:

According to HRC spokesperson Paul Guequierre, any company rated below 60 fails the test, but I decided to set the bar for failure a little higher, including only companies with a score of 30 or lower. I also included only well-known companies or brands that appear on the Fortune 500. So the next time you bypass the Chick-fil-A, be sure to check with this list, lest you wind up at Dairy Queen. I wouldn’t want anyone to think you’re a hypocrite.

Company Name
CEI Score
Fortune 500 Rank
Advance Auto Parts 30 387
AES Corp. * 15 156
AFLAC 30 130
Allergan (Manufacturer of Botox) 15 459
AmerisourceBergen (Owner of Good Neighbor Pharmacies and Pennsylvania's largest company by revenue) 15 24
AutoZone 15 329
Bed Bath & Beyond 30 304
Berkshire Hathaway (Parent company of Geico, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom) 15 11
Big Lots 15 436
BJ's Wholesale 15 232
Dish Network 0 200
Dole Foods 30 331
Dollar General 0 195
Dollar Tree 30 397
Exxon Mobil -25 2
Goodyear Tires 15 141
Hess 15 79
Host Hotels & Resorts (Includes Four Seasons and Marriott hotels) 30 492
Kohl's 15 142
Liberty Mutual 0 71
Lowe's Companies Inc. 15 42
News Corporation (Wall Street Journal, Fox News, 20th Century Fox) 15 76
Phillip Morris 0 94
RadioShack 30 481
Ross Stores 0 316
Smithfield Foods 0 163
Sunoco 15 78
SYSCO 0 55
Tyson Foods 15 87
Verizon Inc. 20 13

* AES Corp does not refer to American Education Services, the student loan company, but to the Virginia-based power company, one of the world’s largest.


Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985. The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.

The 1985 Live Aid concert was conceived as a follow-on to the successful charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" which was also the brainchild of Geldof and Ure. In October 1984, images of millions of people starving to death in Ethiopia were shown in the UK in Michael Buerk's BBC News reports on the 1984 famine. Bob Geldof saw the report, and called Midge Ure from Ultravox, and together they quickly co-wrote the song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in the hope of raising money for famine relief] Geldof then contacted colleagues in the music industry and persuaded them to record the single under the title 'Band Aid' for free. Performed by a collection of British, Irish and American musicians, the song was released on 7 December 1984 and became the fastest-selling single ever in Britain and raised £8 million, rather than the £70,000 Geldof had expected. Geldof then set his sights on staging a huge concert to raise further funds.

Hal Uplinger was the producer of the "Live Aid Concert", the United States event. For his contributions to Live Aid, Hal Uplinger won a 1989 Computerworld Smithsonian Award in the Media, Arts & Entertainment Category.

The concert grew in scope, as more acts were added on both sides of the Atlantic. As a charity fundraiser, the concert far exceeded its goals: on a television programme in 2001, one of the organisers stated that while initially it had been hoped that Live Aid would raise £1 million with the help of Wembley tickets costing £25.00 each, the final figure was £150 million (approx. $283.6 million). Partly in recognition of the Live Aid effort, Geldof received an honorary knighthood. Music promoter Harvey Goldsmith also helped in bringing the plans of Geldof and Ure to fruition.

Collaborative effort

The concert began at 12:00 BST (7:00 EDT) at Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom. It continued at JFK Stadium in the United States, starting at 13:51 BST (8:51 EDT). The UK's Wembley performances ended at 22:00 BST (17:00 EDT). The JFK performances and whole concert in the US ended at 04:05 BST July 14 (23:05 EDT). (See the full schedule of the concert here. Thus, the concert continued for just over 16 hours, but since many artists' performances were conducted simultaneously in Wembley and JFK, the total concert's length was much longer.

It was the original intention for Mick Jagger and David Bowie to perform an intercontinental duet, with Bowie in London and Jagger in Philadelphia. Problems of synchronization meant that the only remotely practical solution was to have one artist, likely Bowie at Wembley, mime along to prerecorded vocals broadcast as part of the live sound mix for Jagger's performance from Philadelphia. Veteran music engineer David Richards (Pink Floyd and Queen) was brought in to create footage and sound mixes that Jagger and Bowie could perform to in their respective venues. The BBC would then have had to ensure that those footage and sound mixes were in synch while also performing a live vision mix of the footage from both venues. The combined footage would then have had to be bounced back by satellite to the various broadcasters around the world. Due to the time lag (the signal would take several seconds to be broadcast twice across the Atlantic Ocean) Richards concluded there would be no practical way for Jagger to be able to hear or see Bowie's performance, meaning there could be no interaction between the artists, which would defeat the whole point of the exercise. On top of this both artists objected to the idea of miming at what was perceived as a historic event. Instead, Jagger and Bowie worked with Richards to create a video clip for the song they would have performed, a cover of "Dancing in the Street". The video was shown on the screens of both stadiums and also broadcast as part of many TV networks coverage.

Each of the two main portions of the concert ended with their particular continental all-star anti-hunger anthems, with Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" closing the UK concert, and USA for Africa's "We Are the World" closing the US concert (and thus the entire event itself.

Concert organizers have subsequently said that they were particularly keen to ensure that at least one surviving member of The Beatles, ideally Paul McCartney, took part in the concert as they felt that having an 'elder statesman' from British music would give it greater legitimacy in the eyes of the political leaders whose opinions the performers were trying to shape. McCartney agreed to perform and has said that it was "the management" – his children – that persuaded him to take part. In the event, he was the last performer (aside from the Band Aid finale) to take to the stage and one of the few to be beset by technical difficulties; his microphone was turned off for the first two minutes of his piano performance of "Let It Be", making it difficult for television viewers and impossible for those in the stadium to hear him. He later jokingly thought about changing the lyrics to "There will be some feedback, let it be".

Phil Collins performed at both Wembley Stadium and JFK, utilising Concorde to get him from London to Philadelphia. UK TV personality Noel Edmonds piloted the helicopter that took Collins to Heathrow Airport to catch his flight. Aside from his own set at both venues, he also provided drums for Eric Clapton and the reunion of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin at JFK. On the Concorde flight, Collins encountered actress and singer Cher, who later claimed not to know anything about the Live Aid concerts. Upon reaching the US however she did attend the Philadelphia concert and can be seen performing as part of that concert's "We Are the World" finale.

An official book was produced by Bob Geldof in collaboration with photographer Denis O'Regan.

The broadcasts

"It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for: Live Aid ...." Richard Skinner opening the show.

The concert was the most ambitious international satellite television venture that had ever been attempted at the time. In Europe, the feed was supplied by the BBC, whose broadcast was opened by Richard Skinner, co-hosted by Andy Kershaw, and included numerous interviews and chats in between the various acts. The BBC's television sound feed was mono, as was all UK TV audio before NICAM was introduced, but the BBC Radio 1feed was stereo and was simulcast in sync with the TV pictures. Unfortunately, in the rush to set up the transatlantic feeds, the sound feed from Philadelphia was sent to London via transatlantic cable, while the video feed was bounced the much longer distance via satellite, which meant a gross lack of synchronisation on British television receivers. (Though there is no actual evidence of this when watching the original broadcasts, part of The Who's performance appeared on UK screens with the sound directly from Wembley, but with the video feed taken from the American feed after the video footage had been passed via satellite, converted from PAL to NTSC and vice versa, back to the UK, leading to the video feed of this performance being delayed behind the audio feed by around 3 seconds on the UK TV feed. The UK video feed was switched to a direct video feed from Wembley after around a minute of the concert returning after another technical fault during The Who's performance). Due to the constant activities in both London and Philadelphia, the BBC producers omitted the reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young from their broadcast. The BBC, however, did supply a 'clean feed' to various television channels in Europe.

ABC was largely responsible for the US broadcast (although ABC themselves only telecast the final three hours of the concert from Philadelphia, hosted by Dick Clark, with the rest shown in syndication through Orbis Communications, acting on behalf of ABC). An entirely separate and simultaneous US feed was provided for cable viewers by MTV, whose broadcast was presented in stereo, and accessible as such for those with special receivers of the time, as there were very few stereo sets in the summer of 1985, and few television stations were able to broadcast in stereo. While the BBC telecast was run commercial-free (as it is a public broadcaster), both the MTV and syndicated/ABC broadcasts included advertisements and interviews. As a result, many songs were omitted due to the commercial breaks, as these songs were played during these slots.

The biggest caveat of the syndicated/ABC coverage is that the network had wanted to reserve some of the biggest acts that had played earlier in the day for certain points in the entire broadcast, particularly in the final three hours in prime time; thus, Orbis Communications had some sequences replaced by others, especially those portions of the concert that had acts from London and Philadelphia playing simultaneously. For example, while the London/Wembley finale was taking place at 22:00 (10:00 pm) London time, syndicated viewers saw segments that had been recorded earlier, so that ABC could show the UK finale during its prime-time portion.

The ABC Radio Network broadcast the American domestic feed of the concert, and later broadcast many of the acts that were missing from the original live radio broadcast.

At one point midway through the concert, Billy Connolly announced he had just been informed that 95% of the television sets in the world were tuned to the event, though this can of course not be verified. In 1995, VH1 and MuchMusic aired a re-edited ten-hour re-broadcast of the concert for its 10th Anniversary.

The Live Aid concert in London was also the first time that the BBC outside broadcast sound equipment had been used for an event of such a scale. In stark contrast to the mirrored sound systems commonly used by the rock band touring engineers, with two 40–48 channel mixing consoles at theFront of house, and another pair for monitors, the BBC sound engineers had to use multiple 12 channel desks. Some credit this as the point where the mainstream entertainment industry realised that the rock concert industry had overtaken them in technical expertise.

Memorable moments at Wembley Stadium

Overhead view of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London

The Coldstream Guards band opened with the "Royal Salute", "God Save the Queen". Status Quo started their set with "Rockin' All Over the World", also playing "Caroline" and fan favourite "Don't Waste My Time". This was to be the last appearance by the band to feature bassist and founder member Alan Lancaster, and drummer Pete Kircher who had joined the band three years earlier.

Queen galvanised the stadium with some of their greatest hits, in which lead singer Freddie Mercury at times led the entire crowd of 72,000 in thundering unison refrains. In their 20 minute set the band opened with "Bohemian Rhapsody" and closed with "We Are the Champions". They extensively rehearsed their performance at London's Shaw Theatre. Prior to their taking the stage, Queen's sound engineer covertly switched out the limiters that had been installed on the venue's sound system so the performance would be louder than the others. Queen's performance on that day has since been voted by more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music. Mercury and fellow band member Brian May later sang the first song of the three-part Wembley event finale, "Is This The World We Created...?".

Bob Geldof himself performed with the rest of the Boomtown Rats, singing "I Don't Like Mondays". He stopped just after the line: "The lesson today is how to die" to loud applause with the lyrics taking on a whole other meaning. He finished the song and left the crowd to say the final words.

Elvis Costello appeared singing a simple but touching version of The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love", which he introduced by asking the audience to "help [him] sing this old northern English folk song".

U2's performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time – something for which they would eventually become superstars. The band played a 14-minute rendition of "Bad", during which lead vocalist Bono jumped off the stage to join the crowd and dance with a girl. The length of their performance of "Bad" limited them to playing just two songs; the third, "Pride (In the Name of Love)", had to be ditched. In July 2005, the girl with whom he danced revealed that he actually saved her life at the time. She was being crushed by the throngs of people pushing forwards; Bono saw this, and gestured frantically at the ushers to help her. They did not understand what he was saying, and so he jumped down to help her himself.

Another moment that garnered a huge crowd response was when David Bowie performed "Heroes" and dedicated it to his son, as well as "All our children, and the children of the world".

The UK reception of the US feed failed several times and was dogged throughout the US concert by an intermittent regular buzzing on the audio from the US (see the JFK Stadium section for more detail) and also failed during their relay of Japan's concert, which blacked out most of Off Course's song "Endless Nights".

In addition, the transatlantic broadcast from Wembley Stadium suffered technical problems and failed during The Who's performance of their song "My Generation", immediately after Roger Daltrey sang "Why don't you all fade..." (the last word was cut off when a blown fuse caused the Wembley stage TV feed to temporarily fail). The Who were playing with Kenney Jones on drums, who was still an official member of The Who at this time, although this was their first performance since they'd officially disbanded after their 1982 'farewell' tour. The Who's performance included an at times chaotic but still blistering version of "Won't Get Fooled Again", which was extremely popular with the audience in Wembley Stadium. The band's performance was described as "rough but right" by Rolling Stone magazine, but they would not perform together again until the 1988 BPI Awards.

While performing "Let it Be" near the end of the show, the microphone mounted to Paul McCartney's piano failed for the first two minutes of the song, making it difficult for television viewers and the stadium audience to hear him. During this performance, the TV audience were better off, audio-wise, than the stadium audience, as the TV sound was picked up from other microphones near Paul McCartney as a disappointing, but preferable choice to no sound at all from Paul. The stadium audience, who could obviously not hear the electronic sound feed from these mikes, unless they had portable TV sets and radios, completely drowned out what little sound from Paul could be heard during this part of his performance. As a result, organiser and performer Bob Geldof, accompanied by earlier performers David Bowie, Alison Moyet, and Pete Townshend, returned to the stage to sing with him and back him up (as did the stadium audience despite not being able to hear much), by which time, Paul's microphone had been repaired.

At the conclusion of the Wembley performances, Bob Geldof was raised heroically onto the shoulders of The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend and Paul McCartney – symbolising his great achievement in unifying the world for one day, in the spirit of music and charity.

Memorable moments at JFK Stadium

Stage view of Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia

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.

During their duet on "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", Mick Jagger ripped away part of Tina Turner's dress, leaving her to finish the song in what was, effectively, a leotard.

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.

Live Aid under the lights at JFK Stadium

Raising money

Throughout the concerts, viewers were urged to donate money to the Live Aid cause. Three hundred phone lines were manned by the BBC, so that members of the public could make donations using their credit cards. The phone number and an address that viewers could send cheques to were repeated every twenty minutes.

Nearly seven hours into the concert in London, Bob Geldof enquired how much money had been raised; he was told £1.2 million. He is said to have been sorely disappointed by the amount and marched to the BBC commentary position. Pumped up further by a performance by Queen that he later called "absolutely amazing", Geldof gave an infamous interview in which he used the word 'fuck'. The BBC presenter David Hepworth, conducting the interview, had attempted to provide a list of addresses to which potential donations should be sent; Geldof interrupted him in mid-flow and shouted: "Fuck the address, let's get the numbers!" It has passed into folklore  that he yelled at the audience, "Give us your fucking money!" although Geldof has stated that this phrase was never uttered. Private Eye magazine made great capital out of these outbursts, emphasising Geldof's accent which meant the profanities were heard as "fock" and "focking". After the outburst, giving increased to £300 per second.

Later in the evening, following David Bowie's set, a video shot by the CBC (Video Editor: Colin Dean) was shown to the audiences in London and Philadelphia, as well as on televisions around the world (though notably neither US feed, ABC or MTV chose to show the film), showing starving and diseased Ethiopian children set to the song "Drive" by The Cars. (This would also be shown at the London Live 8 concert in 2005.) The rate of giving became faster in the immediate aftermath of the moving video. Ironically, Geldof had previously refused to allow the video to be shown, due to time constraints, and had only relented when Bowie offered to drop the song "Five Years" from his set as a trade-off.

As Geldof mentioned during the concert, the Republic of Ireland gave the most donations per capita, despite being in the threat of a serious economic recession at the time. The single largest donation came from the ruling family of Dubai. They donated £1m in a phone conversation with Geldof.

The next day, news reports stated that between £40 and £50 million had been raised. Now, it is estimated that around £150m has been raised for famine relief as a direct result of the concerts.

Notable absences

Bruce Springsteen declined an invitation to appear at the Wembley Live Aid concert despite his huge popularity in 1985, later stating that he "simply did not realise how big the whole thing was going to be". He has since expressed regret at turning down Geldof's invitation to appear at Live Aid stating that he could have played a couple of acoustic songs had there been no slot available for a full band performance.

Michael Jackson and Prince also did not play (although Prince did send a pre-taped video of an acoustic version of "4 the Tears in Your Eyes", which was played during the concert. The original version appears on the We Are the World album, while the video version was released in 1993 on Prince's compilation The Hits/The B-Sides.). He wrote the harsh song Hello about the criticism he got for turning it down 

Billy Joel, Boy George, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Tears for Fears, and Stevie Wonder, along with Huey Lewis and the News and Paul Simon, were all included in the initial promotional material for the Philadelphia concert, but failed to appear at the show itself. Simon and Lewis both accepted requests to play the Philadelphia concert but later issued press statements stating they had chosen not to appear after all, citing disagreements with promoter Bill Graham. The final poster for the Philadelphia show features the acts Peter, Paul and Mary and Rod Stewart (who also featured in the Philadelphia concert programme). Peter, Paul and Mary were to have joined Bob Dylan for a rendition of "Blowing In The Wind" which on the day failed to happen (though they can be spotted taking part in the concert's finale), while Rod Stewart was not touring at the time and was ultimately unable to put together a band in time for the concert as was Billy Joel who actually didn't like the idea of performing solo in front of such big stadium audience. Geldof claimed Stevie Wonder eventually agreed to appear, but then he phoned me up and said, ‘‘I am not going to be the token black on the show".

Cliff Richard was unable to perform as he was committed to a gospel charity concert in Birmingham.

Regarding Tears for Fears' absence, band member Roland Orzabal remarked that Bob Geldof "gave us so much gip for not turning up at Live Aid. All those millions of people dying, it was our fault. I felt terrible. I tell you, I know how Hitler must have felt." The group made up for their absence by donating the proceeds from several shows of their world tour that year, and also contributed a re-recording of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (entitled "Everybody Wants to Run the World") for Geldof's Sport Aid charity event in 1986. The single reached the Top 5 in the UK, even though the band's original version had been a hit only a year earlier.

Cat Stevens wrote a song for the Live Aid concert, which he never got to perform – had he done so, he would have made his first public concert appearance since converting to Islam and changing his name to Yusuf Islam. However according to the official book that was released after the event, he arrived at Wembley Stadium on the day without prior warning, and Geldof was unable to fit him into the schedule.

Liza Minnelli, Yoko Ono, and Cyndi Lauper were tapped to present at JFK Stadium, but backed out. Lauper did appear in a commercial for the "Live Aid Book" that aired during the concert. According to Joan Baez, she had "a mysterious abdominal surgery that she never discusses." 

A reunited Deep Purple were also due to appear from Switzerland via satellite, but pulled out after guitarist Ritchie Blackmore refused to take part in the event.Eurythmics were scheduled to play Wembley but cancelled after Annie Lennox suffered serious throat problems. Deep Purple (minus Blackmore, who left the band in 1993) appeared at Geldof's Live 8 sequel 20 years later, performing at the Toronto leg of the event while Annie Lennox appeared at the London and Edinburgh Live 8 concerts.

Frank Zappa was invited to perform, but refused because he believed that the money raised by Live Aid did not address the core problems facing the developing world and instead aided the developed world by providing ways to get drugs, calling the concert "the biggest cocaine money laundering scheme of all time." 

A sighting of George Harrison arriving Wednesday night at Heathrow Airport led to widespread speculation that a reunion of the three living Beatles was in the works. He was approached by Geldof to join Paul McCartney at "Let it Be", answering ‘Paul didn’t ask me to sing on it (Let It Be) ten years ago, why does he want me now?’ Frustrated by a bombardment of Beatles reunion questions, Geldof said: "It's just something you have to answer. I find it silly that with all these acts and the real purpose of the concert that the one thing people suddenly get caught up over is, 'Are the Beatles going to reform?' Who cares? Besides, they can't reform--or haven't people read the papers the last five years?"

The Kinks offered to play, but the organizers refused because they didn't think they were famous enough. Bill Graham is also said to have turned down Foreigner and Yes because there were was no free space on the bill for them. For the same reason Marillion didn't play at the Wembley Stadium, although their lead singer, Fish, was able to participate in the "Do They Know It's Christmas" finale as were Justin Hayward and John Lodge from The Moody Blues, Stewart Copeland from The Police and the members of Big Country. On the other hand, Lionel Richie, Harry Belafonte, Dionne Warwick, Sheena Easton and Cher all showed up at the JFK finale performing "We Are The World".

Peter, Paul and Mary were due to sing Blowin' in the Wind with Bob Dylan - since they had a tremendously successful version in the 1960s - but Dylan called the organizers a few days before the show saying that he would play with Ron Wood and Keith Richards instead. Ironically, Bill Wyman apparently told Geldof before not to approach the Stones because ‘Keith doesn’t give a f***’.

Diana Ross, Van Halen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Smiths, Talking Heads and Donna Summer also refused, for unknown reasons. Depeche Mode, one of the most successful English bands of the 1980s, was not invited. Alan Wilder, one of the DM members at the time said: "I doubt very much that we would have accepted the invitation, had we been asked. My personal view is that giving to 'chariddy' should be a totally private gesture, out of which no personal gain should be made. Inevitably, nearly all the artists who took part in Live Aid achieved a considerable rise in record sales and being the cynic I am, I wonder just how much of the profit gained from those sales actually ended up going to Ethiopia." 

In one of recent interviews Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton expressed his regrets about the band not being asked to perform at the event: "I think that was a tragic, tragic decision. It could've been and it should've been the turning point for Phil (Lynott). And I think that really did Phil in quite a lot, that we were never asked to play. I mean Phil, had a few problems at the time, but at the end of the day, if he would've been asked to play Live Aid, that would've been a goal for him to clean himself up to do that gig. We were all very upset of the fact that we weren't asked to do it. Because as you say, it was Geldof and Midge who Phil knew very well. I was surprised that we weren't asked to do that. That would've been the turning point, you know, definitely. I don't think Phil ever forgave Bob and Midge for that really."

Neil Peart, drummer of the Canadian rock band Rush said about the whole Live Aid idea: "Geddy (Lee) was involved with the 'Northern Lights' charity record here in Canada, although Rush weren't invited to participate in the 'Live Aid' event -- mainly because if you look at the guest list, it was very much and 'in-crowd' situation. We didn't refuse to take part because of any principles. Mind you, I wouldn't have been happy being part of this scenario. Those stars should have shut up and just given over their money if they were genuine. I recall that 'Tears For Fears,' who made a musical and artistic decision to pull out of the concert, were subsequently accused of killing children in Africa -- what a shockingly irresponsible and stupid attitude to take towards the band. But I have nothing bad whatsoever to say about Bob Geldof; he sacrificed his health, his career, everything for something he believed in. But others around him got involved for their own reasons. Some of those involved in 'Northern Lights' were actually quoted as saying that their managers told them to get down to the recording sessions because it would be a good career move! What a farce!"

Criticisms and controversies

Bob Dylan's performance generated controversy for his comment:

"I hope that some of the money…maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe…one or two million, maybe…and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks…"

He is often misquoted, as on the Farm Aid website, as saying:

"Wouldn't it be great if we did something for our own farmers right here in America?"

In his best-selling autobiography, Is That It? (published in 1986), Geldof was extremely critical of the remark; he states:

"He displayed a complete lack of understanding of the issues raised by Live Aid…. Live Aid was about people losing their lives. There is a radical difference between losing your livelihood and losing your life. It did instigate Farm Aid, which was a good thing in itself, but it was a crass, stupid, and nationalistic thing to say."

Geldof was apparently not happy about The Hooters being tacked onto the bill as the opening band in Philadelphia. He felt pressured into it by Graham and local promoter Larry Magid. Magid, promoting the concert through Electric Factory Concerts, argued that the band was hugely popular in Philadelphia, despite their first major label album Nervous Night being released less than three months beforehand. Geldof let his feelings be known during an interview for Rolling Stone saying: "Who the fuck are The Hooters?" The Hooters did get their revenge in December 2004, when Geldof appeared on the bill with the Hooters in Germany as their opening act.

Adam Ant subsequently criticised the event and expressed regrets about playing it, saying, "I was asked by Sir (sic) Bob to promote this concert. They had no idea they could sell it out. Then in Bob's book he said, 'Adam was over the hill so I let him have one number.' ... Doing that show was the biggest f**king mistake in the world. Knighthoods were made, Bono got it made, and it was a waste of f**king time. It was the end of rock 'n' roll."

Andy Kershaw, one of the presenters of the BBC's coverage, criticised the event in his autobiography No Off Switch, stating, "Musically, Live Aid was to be entirely predictable and boring. As they were wheeled out – or rather bullied by Geldof into playing – it became clear that this was another parade of the same old rock aristocracy in a concert for Africa, organised by someone who, while advertising his concern for, and sympathy with, the continent didn’t see fit to celebrate or dignify the place by including on the Live Aid bill a single African performer." Kershaw also described the attitude of Geldof and his showbusiness associates as "irritating, shallow, sanctimonious and self-satisfied."

Fund use in Ethiopia

Although a professed admirer of Geldof's generosity and concern, Fox News Channel television host Bill O'Reilly has been critical of the Live Aid producer's oversight of the money raised for starving Ethiopian people, claiming (in June 2005) that much of the funds were siphoned off by Mengistu Haile Mariam and his army. O'Reilly believes that charity organizations, operating in aid-receiving countries, should control donations, rather than possibly corrupt governments.

Arguing that Live Aid accomplished good ends while inadvertently causing harm at the same time, David Rieff gave a presentation of similar concerns in The Guardian at the time of Live 8. Tim Russert, in an interview on Meet the Press shortly after O'Reilly's comments, addressed these concerns to Bono. Bono responded that corruption, not disease or famine, was the greatest threat to Africa, agreeing with the belief that foreign relief organizations should decide how the money is spent. On the other hand, Bono said that it was better to spill some funds into nefarious quarters for the sake of those who needed it, than to stifle aid because of possible theft.

Performers and setlists

London Wembley Stadium

Performer(s) Performed song(s) Time
Coldstream Guards "Royal Salute"
"God Save the Queen"
Status Quo "Rockin' All Over the World"
"Don't Waste My Time"
The Style Council "You're the Best Thing"
"Big Boss Groove"
"Walls Come Tumbling Down"
The Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
"Drag Me Down"
"Rat Trap"
"For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
Adam Ant "Vive Le Rock" 13:00
The Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" 13:12
Ultravox "Reap the Wild Wind"
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
"One Small Day"
Spandau Ballet "Only When You Leave"
Elvis Costello "All You Need Is Love" 14:07
Nik Kershaw "Wide Boy"
"Don Quixote"
"The Riddle"
"Wouldn't It Be Good"
Sade "Why Can't We Live Together"
"Your Love Is King"
"Is It a Crime"
Phil Collins
Branford Marsalis
"Driven to Tears"
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"Message in a Bottle"
"In the Air Tonight"
"Long Long Way to Go"
"Every Breath You Take"
Howard Jones "Hide and Seek" 15:50
Bryan Ferry
David Gilmour (on guitar)
"Boys And Girls"
"Slave to Love"
"Jealous Guy"
Paul Young "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (intro)
"Come Back and Stay"
"That's the Way Love Is" (with Alison Moyet)
"Every Time You Go Away"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
"Bad" (with snippets of "Satellite of Love", "Ruby Tuesday",
"Sympathy for the Devil" and "Walk on the Wild Side")
Dire Straits "Money for Nothing" (with Sting)
"Sultans of Swing"
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Radio Ga Ga"
"Hammer to Fall"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions"
David Bowie
Thomas Dolby (on keyboards)
"TVC 15"
"Rebel Rebel"
"Modern Love"
The Who "My Generation"/"Pinball Wizard"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
Elton John "I'm Still Standing"
"Bennie and the Jets"
"Rocket Man"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael)
"Can I Get a Witness"
Freddie Mercury
Brian May
"Is This the World We Created?" 21:48
Paul McCartney "Let It Be" (with backing vocals for the ending by Bob
Geldof, David Bowie, Pete Townshend & Alison Moyet)
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 21:54


Philadelphia JFK Stadium

Performer(s) Performed song(s) Time
Bernard Watson "All I Really Want to Do"
Joan Baez "Amazing Grace"/"We Are the World" 9:02
The Hooters "And We Danced"
"All You Zombies"
Four Tops "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
"It's the Same Old Song"
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen"
Black Sabbath "Children of the Grave"
"Iron Man"
Run–D.M.C. "Jam Master Jay"
"King Of Rock"
Rick Springfield "Love Somebody"
"State of the Heart"
"Human Touch"
REO Speedwagon "Can't Fight This Feeling"
"Roll With the Changes"
Crosby, Stills and Nash "Southern Cross"
"Teach Your Children"
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
Judas Priest "Living After Midnight"
"The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Bryan Adams "Kids Wanna Rock"
"Summer of '69"
"Tears Are Not Enough"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
The Beach Boys "California Girls"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
"Good Vibrations"
"Surfin' U.S.A."
George Thorogood and the Destroyers "Who Do You Love" (with Bo Diddley)
"The Sky Is Crying"
"Madison Blues" (with Albert Collins)
Simple Minds "Ghost Dancing"
"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
"Promised You a Miracle"
The Pretenders "Time the Avenger"
"Message of Love"
"Stop Your Sobbing"
"Back on the Chain Gang"
"Middle of the Road"
Pat Metheny
"Primera Invasion"
"Open Invitation"
"By the Pool"/"Right Now"
Ashford & Simpson "Solid"
"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
(with Teddy Pendergrass)
Madonna "Holiday"
"Into the Groove"
"Love Makes The World Go Round"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "American Girl"
"The Waiting"
Kenny Loggins "Footloose" 17:30
The Cars "You Might Think"
"Just What I Needed"
"Heartbeat City"
Neil Young "Sugar Mountain"
"The Needle and the Damage Done"
"Nothing Is Perfect (In God's Perfect Plan)"
The Power Station "Murderess"
"Get It On"
Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now"
"Revolution" (with Madonna, Steve Stevens &Nile
Eric Clapton
Phil Collins
"White Room"
"She's Waiting"
Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"In the Air Tonight"
Jimmy Page
Robert Plant
John Paul Jones
Tony Thompson
Paul Martinez
Phil Collins
"Rock and Roll"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Stairway To Heaven"
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
"Daylight Again/Find The Cost of Freedom"
Duran Duran "A View to a Kill"
"Union of the Snake"
"Save a Prayer"
"The Reflex"
Patti LaBelle "New Attitude"
"Forever Young"
"Stir It Up"
"Over the Rainbow"
"Why Can't I Get It Over"
Hall & Oates "Out of Touch"
"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)
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)
Bob Dylan
Keith Richards
Ronnie Wood
"Ballad of Hollis Brown"
"When the Ship Comes In"
Blowin' in the Wind"
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 22:55


  • Jack Nicholson introduced Joan Baez
  • Chevy Chase introduced Black Sabbath
  • Chevy Chase introduced REO Speedwagon
  • Jack Nicholson introduced Bryan Adams
  • Marilyn McCoo introduced The Beach Boys
  • Bette Midler introduced Madonna
  • Don Johnson introduced Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Chevy Chase introduced Kenny Loggins
  • Jack Nicholson & Bette Midler introduced Phil Collins

Live Aid recordings/releases

When organiser Bob Geldof was persuading artists to take part in the concert, he promised them that it would be a one-off event, never to be seen again. That was the reason why the concert was never recorded in its complete original form, and only secondary television broadcasts were recorded.

 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.


Official Live Aid DVD

An official four-disc DVD set of the Live Aid concerts was released on November 8, 2004. It contains 10-hour partial footage of the 16-hour length concert. The DVD was produced by Geldof's company, Woodcharm Ltd., and distributed by Warner Music Vision.


The decision to finally release it was taken by Bob Geldof nearly 20 years after the original concerts, after he found a number of pirate copies of the concert on the Internet . There has been controversy over the DVD release because a decision had been taken for a substantial number of tracks not to be included in this edited version.


The most complete footage that exists is used from the BBC source, and this was the main source of the DVD. During production on the official DVD,MTV lent Woodcharm Ltd. their B-roll and alternate camera footage where MTV provided extra footage of the Philadelphia concert (where ABC had erased the tapes from the command of Bob Geldof), and those songs that were not littered with ads were used on the official DVD.


Working from the BBC and MTV footage, several degrees of dramatic license were taken, in order to release the concert on DVD. For example, many songs on the official DVD had their soundtracks altered, mainly in sequences where there were originally microphone problems. In one of those instances, Paul McCartney had re-recorded his failed vocals for "Let It Be" in a studio the day after the concert (14 July 1985) but it was never used until the release of the DVD. Also, in the US finale, the original 'USA for Africa' studio track for "We Are the World" was overlaid in places where the microphone was absent (in fact, if you listen closely, you can hear the vocals of Kenny Rogers and James Ingram, two artists who did not even take part in Live Aid).


Judicious decisions were also made on which acts would be included and which ones would not, due to either technical difficulties in the original performances, the absence of original footage, or for music rights reasons. For example, Rick Springfield, The Four Tops, The Hooters, The Power Station, Billy Ocean, Kool and The Gang and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were among those acts that were left off the DVD. Many of the artists' songs that were performed were also omitted. For example, Madonna performed three solo songs in the concert, but only two were included on the DVD ("Love Makes the World Go Round" was omitted). Phil Collins played "Against All Odds" and "In the Air Tonight" at both Wembley and JFK, but only the London performance of the former and the Philadelphia performance of the latter were included on the DVD. The JFK performance of "Against All Odds" was later included on Phil Collins' Finally...The First Farewell Tour DVD. Tom Petty performed four songs, and only two were included on DVD.

There were also issues with the artists themselves. Two such performers were left off at their own request: Led Zeppelin and Santana. The former defended their decision not to be included on the grounds that their performance was 'sub-standard', but to lend their support, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have pledged to donate proceeds from an upcoming DVD release of Led Zeppelin to the campaign, and John Paul Jones has pledged proceeds from his current American tour with Mutual Admiration Society.


In 2007, Queen released a special edition of Queen Rock Montreal on Blu-ray and DVD formats containing their 1981 concert from The Forum in Montreal, Canada, and their complete Live Aid performance, along with Freddie Mercury and Brian May performing "Is This The World We Created...?" from the UK Live Aid finale, all re-mixed in DTS 5.1 sound by Justin Shirley-Smith--this marked the first Live Aid material officially released in a high definition/Blu-ray format. Also included is their Live Aid rehearsal, and an interview with the band, from earlier in the week.


On its release, the then British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, decided the VAT collected on sales of the Live Aid DVD would be given back to the charity, which would raise an extra £5 for every DVD sold.

Unofficial recordings

Because the Live Aid broadcast was watched by 1.5 billion people, most of the footage was recorded on home consumer video recorders all around the world, in various qualities. Many of these recordings were in mono, because in the mid-1980s most home video machines could only record mono sound, and also because the European BBC TV broadcast was in mono. (As mentioned previously, the US MTV broadcast, the ABC Radio Networkand 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.

See also


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  • Live Aid: Rockin' All Over the World – BBC2 documentary, recalling the build-up to the day, and the day itself; viewed 18 June 2005.
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