Quotes of the Day: Live Aid

If you were alive 30 years ago today, then you were glued to MTV right now. This was our generation’s Woodstock. Or was Woodstock the hippie generation’s bong-watered down version of Live Aid? In any case, just about every great artist from ’80s, for all genres, performed today in either England or Philadelphia. There was also somebody who played live in both places. Here are some great quotes from that day, that I found on imdb. And we will close out with one of the greatest performances of all-time. I’m sure you already know what it is before you even scroll down.

Richard Skinner: It’s 12 noon in London, 7am in Philadelphia, and around the world it’s time for Live Aid. Wembley welcomes their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales.Live Aid Intro

Adam Ant: There are many of my heroes here. People I’ve worshiped from afar.

Ozzy Osbourne: I came here to play music, and I didn’t really realize the full extent and magnitude of what it is all about. Now I’m here, it’s the greatest event ever.

Tina Turner: It was the most electrifying feeling, being there – no other reason than the cause. I wish I could do even more.

Mike Jagger: I came to play in Philadelphia because of the cause, because of Live Aid, of course. But I also came to have myself a good time. And I’ve sure as hell done that.

Dionne Warwick: They say the entertainment industry can never get together. Fooled them again, didn’t we?

Sting: This is what rock and roll is all about. It’s an event as much as its music.

Bryan Adams: I’m just proud to be here. I’m a Canadian and tears are not enough. Let’s all do what we can for Live Aid.

Tom Petty: Two minutes before we came on stage, we decided to play “American Girl”, since this is, after all, JFK stadium.

Phil Collins: I was in England this afternoon… funny old world, innit?

Bob Geldof: I’ve just realized that today is the best day of my life. Now I’m going home to sleep.

And we’ll close out with one of the best performances by one of the best bands ever. There is no current artist alive today that can hold the world in the palm of his or her hand like Freddie did that day. Here is the full performance. Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Quotes of the Day: Live Aid”

  1. I was glued to my TV almost that entire day 30 years ago. THE perfect example of why I am still obsessed with the 80s. A glimpse at pop culture perfection that I don’t think could ever be approached in such a genuine manner ever again.

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    1. This was right in the heart of the ’80s, so it was perfect! Very well said, by the way. I don’t think this will ever be matched genuinely. I’m actually kind of surprised that they didn’t force a 30th anniversary concert this year. I know 10 years ago, they did a Live 8. I don’t remember anything about that. And the We Are the World reboot was pretty bad.
      I’m just so happy that I got to live through that first Live Aid.

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  2. The third sentence of today’s article was much more accurate than your second sentence…

    I could write a whole piece about why I think something like Live Aid *could* happen again, but not in the near future. Instead, I’ll just join you in being glad I was able to experience that special day 30 years ago.

    There was a documentary about Queen’s performance that I saw on youtube a while ago. Apparently they did something with the sound system so that they were by far the loudest group. With Freddie’s voice I don’t think they needed that, but I’m sure it helped a little bit in making their time on stage even more memorable.

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    1. I’m so glad that we are on the same page with the Live Aid/Woodstock thing.
      I don’t know if there will be anything like Live Aid again. They do whip up quick fundraising events when there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world. But like you said, if something on this scale was to happen again, it wouldn’t be in the near future. There needs to be a decade with a personality (there hasn’t been one since the ’90s).
      That’s interesting about Queen. And a total rock ‘n’ roll move! I love it!

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  3. This was an incredible moment in time. I remember watching this and back then as a kid I was like “this is the best performance, no this is awesome.” Then Queen came on and I was blown away by the audience interaction. Its sad that music is not like this anymore.

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    1. Yes, that was such an incredible day! Everybody loves music – not necessarily the same kind, but it didn’t matter that day. Everybody was talking about it before and after. I agree that it’s sad that music isn’t like this anymore. As I’ve said a few times already, this generation has no personality. I was not a big fan of grunge in the ’90s, to say the least. But, at least it gave the decade a personality.

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