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Posted: 02 Feb 11, 07:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wondered if there was foottage of queens performance on bigscreen at Live Aid in Philadelphia...

Wonder how big te impact of Freddie was overthere. I heard people were clapping along with Radio Gaga..

Would be nice to see:)

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Posted: 02 Feb 11, 10:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

kosimodo wrote: I wondered if there was foottage of queens performance on bigscreen at Live Aid in Philadelphia...

Wonder how big te impact of Freddie was overthere. I heard people were clapping along with Radio Gaga..

Would be nice to see:)

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Well i have definitely seen a brief snippet of what you say here, wether it was on the day, watching the broadcast, or on the Live Aid DVD. but yes, it definitely contained the radio ga ga 'clapalong'.

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Posted: 03 Feb 11, 01:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is the first time on this forum that I have seen this mentioned.  Great question !!!

It would be nice if anyone 'here' was 'there'.

It was very 'cool' that day to walk around the apartment complex, and hear whatever band was on stage in the yard, or in the courtyard, or at the bar, etc etc....

My experience that day ...........was recording the audio onto cassette from the WRIF-FM (Baby!!!) broadcast in Detroit.

Sadly, thanks to the MTV feed, and their good ol' VeeJays (remember them?) being shown on their perch and talking, we missed or had them spew their voices over most of 'We Will Rock You'.  Only in the background could we see Queen on the big screens.  That same cassette of mine also included Led Zeppelin's performance.  A month or so later, I gave it to a Zep fan because I was so ticked at the Queen music interruptus.  I never heard it again.

(yes, I have the Live Aid DVD, but it's not the same........and still haven't listened to the Zep performance since that month)

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Posted: 03 Feb 11, 13:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bruce Findlay, manager for the Simple Minds (who played in PH) says something in this documentry at 3.55....

Only thing i can find.. so far...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2jgOFqe4Uk&feature=player_embedded

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Posted: 06 Feb 11, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Philadelphia was a Queen US stronghold as was New York, Boston, Chicago and L.A.. However, the rest of the US ignored Queen and rock media and press in the US gave their focus and energy to the reunions of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin respectively and said "Queen, what happened to".

Queen had the one opportunity to win the US back but, thanks to MTV and US ABC and so forth, weren't given the good enough chance. The "Bible Belt" had won its fight against Queen thanks to the miscues which were the "Body Language" video, the release of "Radio Ga Ga" as a US single (which irated the more rock fans of the band) and the video for "I Want to Break Free". The hypocritical thing was MTV pushed Ratt, Motley Crue and the rest of the forgettable hair metal dribble.

Bands that didn't reunite at Live Aid were Pink Floyd (due to the Roger Waters/David Gilmour feud), Styx (due to Tommy Shaw walking out on Styx and Dennis DeYoung's refusal to go on without him), Supertramp (Rick Davies even stated he wished Supertramp played but missed out) and Van Halen just broke up with David Lee Roth.

I watched the performance on the Queen Rock Montreal DVD and it was not a great Queen performance in my view (trying too hard to sing like album versions, the botch ending of Hammer to Fall, Freddie forgetting the lyric whilst fooling about with the camera guy) but I think the four piece live Queen was better than the adding a keyboard player live as it watered down everything and also Roger adding the cheesy Simmons pads (Neil Peart I know used them as well, so didn't Nick Mason (but not on a Pink Floyd album) and Phil Collins). Now Live Aid is looked on as "greatest performance ever" but where were the American rock press and rock fans who said this, I didn't hear anything about it (being a 9 year old rock fan in 1985, there was no mention of Queen. it pre-empted to Marilyn McCoo). Queen's popularity soared all over the world except the US and Canada after that. Thank the Bible Belt music fan *ssholes!


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Posted: 06 Feb 11, 22:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

NOTWMEDDLE wrote:

I watched the performance on the Queen Rock Montreal DVD and it was not a great Queen performance in my view (trying too hard to sing like album versions, the botch ending of Hammer to Fall, Freddie forgetting the lyric whilst fooling about with the camera guy)
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I thought it was a great performance, not their absolute best but still better than many performances before and after and certainly a lot better than Wembley 1986. And Freddie did not forget the lyric there, he can be seen mouthing it, he just doesn't sing it and points at the cameraman.

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Posted: 07 Feb 11, 05:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the band deliberately (and rightly so) dropped the lyric "build your muscles as your body decays", as it would of been inappropriate especially the reason for the concert in the first place

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Posted: 07 Feb 11, 16:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddiefan91 wrote: the band deliberately (and rightly so) dropped the lyric "build your muscles as your body decays", as it would of been inappropriate especially the reason for the concert in the first place
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I never knew that. I thought they purposely forgot to sing that part. OK, now I get it. Queen owned Live Aid in England but in America, they got forgotten in the rock press and by rock fans outside the Queen strongholds of the Northeast US (Boston, New York, Philly), east Canada (Toronto and Montreal), Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit.

I still say the Bible thumpers can go to Hell! Those same bastards who endorse Catholic priests who molest boys and Baptist ministers who date gay male prostitute/strippers and smoke, drink and curse worse than non-believers.


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Posted: 07 Feb 11, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Least Queen got their reputation back!


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Posted: 07 Feb 11, 16:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: Least Queen got their reputation back!
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Thanks to Album Rock Radio playing the living Hell out of "I Want It All". Then Innuendo got them back to Gold status thanks to "Headlong" getting a SHITLOAD of Album FM Rock Radio Play in 1991. Also the title cut did well on rock radio and MTV (I saw the video many times on the channel at time of its release).


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Posted: 07 Feb 11, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Notmeddle...I agree wholeheartedly with your insights.

But I do remember...when I was watching it live all day and waiting for Queen, my expectations were quite low.  I was blown away by the strength and confidence of Freddie's performance.  I was on quite a high for the rest of the day!

I do agree that NOTHING was said in the following days and weeks in the American media.  It was a tragically lost moment for Queen as far as Queen were concerned.  There was much celebration over U2 and Madonna.

Queen really didn't get mainstream attention until "Waynes World".  Better late than never, I guess.

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Posted: 08 Feb 11, 14:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PrimeJiveUSA wrote: Notmeddle...I agree wholeheartedly with your insights.

But I do remember...when I was watching it live all day and waiting for Queen, my expectations were quite low.  I was blown away by the strength and confidence of Freddie's performance.  I was on quite a high for the rest of the day!

I do agree that NOTHING was said in the following days and weeks in the American media.  It was a tragically lost moment for Queen as far as Queen were concerned.  There was much celebration over U2 and Madonna.

Queen really didn't get mainstream attention until "Waynes World".  Better late than never, I guess.

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The first legitimate Queen album I owned was A Night at the Opera in March of 1992 once the catalog was made available Stateside.

I never liked Wayne's World anyhow. I was more a Bob and Doug McKenzie person myself.

It was Innuendo's going Gold that got Queen back on the plus side and Hollywood Records (which coincidentally was initially distributed by Elektra (their first US label) before PolyGram/Universal took over in 1995) put out the right first single to US rock radio which was "Headlong". They played the Hell out of that tune my freshman year of high school and "Innuendo" as well.


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Posted: 27 Feb 11, 15:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Moving my Q up again.. Anybody heard them at Live Aid Philedelphia?

Must be someone here.. or somebody who knows somebody who has a friend....

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Posted: 01 Mar 11, 19:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If this helps, just try 'live aid philadelphia' on google.  It might take you until page 7 or 9 or 11 to find anything of value on various old message boards, but comments can be found.  I had time to kill on another computer and found a few, but did not copy the links.


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Posted: 07 Jun 11, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was there , in the front, and yes we watched Queen. It was incredible.

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Posted: 20 Jul 11, 08:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://books.google.com/books?id=I7Pyrk-Koq4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false  

This book has a chapter on Queen at Live Aid (beginning p.138 -- the whle chapter isn't there but you will get a flavour if it). Good book and makes some interesting points about how and why Queen came to be remembered as the "top performance". The author argues that UK press coverage immediately afterward did not single out Queen although TV reports did. In the USA, press reports did not cite Queen as the top performance: in fact Queen was not treated much differently from any other performer in press reports. The author argues that some homophobic comments by comedian Chevy Chase immediately before Queen came on ("are they Queens?") undermined the audience reception of the band. I would argue Queen's performance was perceived with more enthusiasm in the UK because, quite simply, at that point they were hugely popular in the UK compared to the USA. 

ps the author refers to HtF as Hammer Will Fall, which is slightly annoying.


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Posted: 20 Jul 11, 16:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddiefan91 wrote: the band deliberately (and rightly so) dropped the lyric "build your muscles as your body decays", as it would of been inappropriate especially the reason for the concert in the first place

I didn't realise that!  I've watched it several times on dvd and i never copped it -- i assumed that it wasn't picked up, or Freddie just randomly didn't sing bits.  Didn't realise it was intentional.  Wow.

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Posted: 20 Jul 11, 16:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The performance is on an extra disc in the Montreal dvd.  I love that performance, the white just makes it magical, and the crowd are great.

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Posted: 20 Jul 11, 19:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I adore how Freddie messes around with a cameraman during Hammer To Fall. One of the most amazingest things I've ever seen!


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Posted: 28 Dec 11, 07:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I didn't like the way the camera focused only on Freddie, with occasional Brian shots and John and Roger being pretty much invisible. Apart from that it's a pretty good performance IMO