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Any music fan can tell you exactly where they were on July 13th, 1985. There had never been a concert event of such magnitude-the biggest names in music performing in a concert broadcast live from 2 continents to an audience of over 1.5 billion. It is estimated that 85% of the world's television sets were tuned in to Live Aid that day. Now, for the first time on home video, you can own the concert that was arguably the biggest rock event in history-featuring David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sting, The Who, U2, Neil Young, and many, many more. Over 10 hours of performances in a premium-packaged 4-DVD set. Royalties will benefit Band Aid Trust, which continues to provide direct hunger relief in Africa.
Billed as "the day music changed history," the Live Aid concerts of July 13, 1985, were held to raise money to fight the horrifying famines sweeping Africa. The brainchild of Bob Geldof and representing the efforts of countless musicians and technicians, Live Aid was a genuine and inspiring effort to help the victims of an overwhelming calamity. Twenty years after the twin concerts (one in London, one in Philadelphia) were broadcast worldwide, the 4-DVD treatment furthers the cause, with proceeds going toward the Band Aid Trust.
The DVD set opens with a heartbreaking documentary on the crisis, followed by videos of the two hit songs that represented the collaborative nature of Geldof's effortsBand Aid' s "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and USA for Africa's "We Are the World." Since Live Aid was never intended to be released in a recorded format, preservation of TV footage has been unreliable, resulting in some glaring omissions. Led Zeppelin's semi-reunion doesn't appear, and neither does a legendary session with Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards. Some sets by performers who were popular at the time may inspire either nostalgic glee or head-scratching (Kiki Dee fans, you know who you are). Sprinkled amid these performances are a couple real gems, including a performance by Run DMC, the event's sole representative of the ascendant rap movement. Much of the music here was a passing fad, but the sentiment that brought it all together is timeless. -- Ryan Boudinot
It's ok if you look at owning this DVD as having a piece of music history in your collection. The sound & movie quality was not as good as I had hoped. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Denis
I saw this concert when it originally aired on MTV when I was a kid. It was such a great blast from the past to see all the amazing entertainers gather over the globe to help out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Shaffer
Would of been worth the money if it was the full concert where it was not edited and sections of the concert were included such as the missing bits but other then that it's a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Duncan
My mother in law searched far and wide to find this, and she was completely thrilled that I had finally found it on Amazon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amber Livingston
Brilliant and timeless !
My era entirely but the music is still relevant and enjoyable today .
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I cannot agree with your posting!
There might be some truth in swaggering multi millionaires, (like Slash), but the other side of the
coin applies. (Bono, becoming a peace "GIVER."
If everyone had the resources of Bob Geldof, Harvey
Golsmith (the promoter) Elton John and so on, the
list... Read More
Nov 29, 2008 by melkents | See all 2 posts
|Don't get ripped off here, $11.99 at Best Buy this week||
yes, and the CD is $19.99 -- but with tax depending on your state, it will cost MORE than if you buy both here---orders over $25 here have Free shipping (for me in RI, both with tax come to $34.22 at Best Buy. On Amazon, it is only $30.92, and you wait 2-3 days for the FREE delivery to your house)
Oct 30, 2007 by S. Sequeira | See all 5 posts
|Was there ever an "US" festival?||
actually there were two US FESTIVALS,one in 1982 and the more sucsessful in 1983,i have a three disc dvd set of US FEST 83 wich is produced in the same format as the LIVE AID box set with anywere from 1 to 3 songs per artist,on a sad note DAVID BOWIES set is not included .i also have the full... Read More
Nov 9, 2008 by Anthony Gulino | See all 4 posts
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