Queen – Live Aid
13.07.1985, London (Wembley Stadium), England
Most of top artists of that time were present at this mega-famous festival and Queen of course had to be there. Each artist got from ten to twenty minutes for their show; no playback or soundcheck were allowed. Queen hesitated because playing without a soundcheck is always a risk. But then they accepted the rules and their 20 minutes of fame came on at 18:44 GMT.
Queen were on top form and not only according to Bob Geldof and Elton John, they stole the show. They played only the intro to Bohemian Rhapsody (the opera part couldn’t be played from the tape as playback was forbidden & there wasn’t enough time anyway). Instead of the opera part, Radio Ga Ga followed. We Will Rock You was reduced to the first verse (and the final guitar solo) only. Is This The World We Created was performed by Freddie and Brian only later in the evening.
01: Bohemian Rhapsody (Intro)
02: Radio Ga Ga
03: Hammer To Fall
04: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
05: We Will Rock You (First Verse & Finale)
06: We Are The Champions
07: Is This The World We Created (Freddie & Brian)
08: Do They Know It’s Christmas (All Star Finale)
09: Rehearsal & Interview (BBC)