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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
03/11/04 07:43 AM
NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new  

According to BBC online, the 1985 Live Aid concert, one of the defining events in modern music, is to be released on DVD for the first time.

Organisers will auction the rights to release the DVD after pirate copies were found for sale on the internet.

They are hoping to raise "a few million pounds" for charity and are aiming for a Christmas release.

The concert, split between London and Philadelphia, brought together stars including U2, Queen and Madonna - but has never come out on CD, video or DVD.

Organisers have decided to allow the DVD release after realising bootleggers were making money from it - but none was going to charity.


Proceeds from the DVD release will go to the Band Aid Trust, which still exists to relieve poverty and hunger in Ethiopia and the surrounding area.

Bob Geldof "sees it as an asset of the people of Ethiopia" that was not being fully utilised, according to fellow founding Band Aid trustee John Kennedy.

"It's a surprise to all of us that we're still here 20 years on spending and receiving money," he told BBC News Online.

"But because of piracy, it's becoming available without earning any money."

The successful bidder will have to get the permission of every artist - but "we don't expect any of them to be anything other than co-operative", he said.

Geldof organised Live Aid and the Band Aid single in response to famine in Ethiopia, in which 1.2 million people starved to death in 1984 and 1985.

Music marathon

Live Aid saw 72,000 pack into Wembley Stadium in London to see artists such as DAVID BOWIE, Wham! and Dire Straits.

The 16-hour music marathon was completed at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium with acts including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Mick Jagger.

Live Aid eventually raised 40m. Half of the money was spent on food and half on long term development.

The DVD plan comes after pirated DVDs were found on sale over the internet for 110 for a 10-disc set.

After a tip-off from Geldof himself, police raided a property in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and arrested a man.

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EJSundayModerator
(acolyte)
03/11/04 10:59 AM
Unforgettable Day new [re: Adam]  

That is brilliant news. Live Aid was a historical show and it does make loads of sense to squeeze out a few more bucks for the good cause. It may not be so exciting for those who didn't witness the event back then and some of the stuff might even look and sound quite ridiculous. But for those who were in front of the telly the whole day and night (or even at the shows itself, anybody?) it will be a fantastic release, bringing back some tremendous performances of the best rock and pop artists available at the time. There was also loads of rubbish, of course, but most of the music and the atmosphere was simply exciting. If you never liked Queen - watch them here and you will change your mind in a flash. If you never understood why U2 once were a band like no other on this planet - watch them here and you will know. And if you want an incredible live version of a song called "Heroes" - go and get this DVD when it comes out.

Of course this is all truly 80s and thus probably a little painful in appearance - but still this a milestone in pop music. In sound and attitude.

I hope they will release the full lot.

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dice
(every nation's refugee)
03/11/04 07:25 PM
Re: NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new [re: Adam]  

how does the title of this thread not warrant an exclamation point?

it's about fucking time

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TheYoungDude
(grinning soul)
03/11/04 09:39 PM
Re: NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new [re: dice]  

I'm just wondering, is there a Bowie song on this?? "Heroes", I would predict...

The sisters fell back and said "Don't that man look pretty!"

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
03/11/04 11:50 PM
Re: NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new [re: TheYoungDude]  

Bowie performed TVC 15, Rebel Rebel, Modern Love and "Heroes"

He also sang the opening lines of Do They Know It's Christmas in a huge star studded Wembley finale. And provided backing vocals on Let It Be with Paul McCartney.

As EJ said, the 80s stylings are showing their age, but that's half the enjoyment of this video. The Madonna performance and fashion is really dated but amusing. Bowie's performance is a bit as well thanks to his backing singers and Thomas Dolby (recognised 80s one hit wonder) who was in the band. But the version of "Heroes" is excellent.

I bought it on 3 x VHS tapes about 8 years ago from a bootleger. I payed $20 per tape but the quality is average. The Australian broadcast missed the beginning of "TVC 15". I am not sure if this is the case with other broadcasts as well?

Looking VERY forward to the official DVD.


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TheYoungDude
(grinning soul)
03/11/04 11:54 PM
Re: NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new [re: Adam]  

Hmm it sounds like it might be worth checking out. That sounds pretty good.

The sisters fell back and said "Don't that man look pretty!"

poorsoul
(acolyte)
03/12/04 01:58 AM
Gay new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

And provided backing vocals on Let It Be with Paul McCartney.



Is that the one where Bowie's standing in the background looking slightly bemused, like he's not really sure what he's doing there?

...or is it?

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
03/12/04 02:34 AM
Re: Gay new [re: poorsoul]  

Yes, that is the one.....although part of the bemusement probably comes from the fact that he doesn't know the words and everyone around him does.

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EJSundayModerator
(acolyte)
03/12/04 04:34 AM
On Keyboards: Mr. Thomas Dolby new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

Thomas Dolby (recognised 80s one hit wonder)


Still it was a pretty cool move at the time to have the "Mad Professor of 80s pop" in the band. Unlike other one hit wonders of that era Dolby hat a reputation for being experimental and weird, but still full of humor. "She Blinded Me With Science" is definitely one of the best true 80s hits, and maybe Bowie should cover that thing just like he did Sigue Sigue Sputnik's "Love Missile F1-11". Could be great fun.

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diamondogz74
(cracked actor)
03/12/04 05:40 AM
Re: NEWS: Live Aid is finally to be released new [re: TheYoungDude]  

Well im certainly not shelling out plenty of money on a DVD that only has a smallish amount of Bowie on it.

From what i can remember the rest of it is quite awful.

I only hope the money from this?,Goes to worthy charities.

Enjoy the head banging with Status Quo YUK...


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