Queen win greatest live gig poll

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4420308.stm 9 November 2005

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

Queen's iconic performance at Live Aid in July 1985 has been named the world's greatest rock gig in an industry poll.

Jimi Hendrix's appearance at Woodstock in August 1969 came second, followed by the Sex Pistols' concert at Manchester Free Trade Hall in June 1976.

Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury appearance is the most recent entry in the Top 10.

More than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives contributed to the survey, featured in a Channel 4 special to be screened this week.

The judges lauded Queen's "show-stealing performance" at the Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium, where singer Freddie Mercury had 75,000 people clapping in unison to Radio Ga-Ga.

Other artists in the rundown include Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bob Marley and Oasis.

The selected concerts also feature Nirvana's last-ever UK appearance at the 1992 Reading Festival, Brian Wilson's Smile concert at London's Royal Festival Hall in February 2004, and the Rolling Stones' free gig in Hyde Park in May 1969 - held two days after the death of the band's guitarist, Brian Jones.

The World's Greatest Gigs can be seen on Wednesday at 2305 GMT.