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Posted: 17 Aug 11, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1 - Bohemian Raphsody
2 - Radio Gaga
3 - Hammer To Fall
4 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
5 - We Will Rock You
6 - We are the Champions

An exellent Set List IMHO, starting out with probably the best and most know song of the band to get it going. Follwing a recent hit to combine something classic with something new.
What I don't understand is why including HTF and CLTCL.
I'd have put more hist Another one Bites the Dust. Many other Nº1 (Under Pressure?) or even classics of previous years. 
Any ideas why including those two.
Maybe with CLTCL they wanted to keep the crowd in a high energy.


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Posted: 17 Aug 11, 22:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MmP wrote: 1 - Bohemian Raphsody
2 - Radio Gaga
3 - Hammer To Fall
4 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
5 - We Will Rock You
6 - We are the Champions

An exellent Set List IMHO, starting out with probably the best and most know song of the band to get it going. Follwing a recent hit to combine something classic with something new.
What I don't understand is why including HTF and CLTCL.
I'd have put more hist Another one Bites the Dust. Many other Nº1 (Under Pressure?) or even classics of previous years. 
Any ideas why including those two.
Maybe with CLTCL they wanted to keep the crowd in a high energy.

BoRhap -> Impossible not to include
GaGa -> Recent hit + Audience clapping
HTF -> Recent single + powerful song.
CLTCL -> I agree with you + a slow number would have not worked here.
WWRY / WATC -> How else they could have concluded their set? :)

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 01:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think they chose this setlist to perform the greatest live gig ever.

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 02:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes i agree with him above, the proof of the pudding..................

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 02:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, considering it's generally said by all who were there that Queen stole the show and it 'snow considered one of their (no pun intended) crowning moments of awesome, I'd say the set was pretty spot on. They took the time to create a set list that maximized the 22 or so minutes they were allotted. They rehearsed it thoroughly and had enough live experience to squeeze everything out of each song.

They started with their biggest hit, led into their most recent crowd-participation number, followed it up with a recent heavy rocker (their second to latest single), lightened the mood with a classic fun piece and ended with the ultimate show-closers. They accomplished a great deal in a short period of time: they supported Gedolf's Ethiopa cause (the reason Live Aid happened) and reminded the world exactly how and why they were among the greatest rock bands still touring and recording. The latter was achieved by a their sound quality (it's said the limiters were removed by their audio crew, who also provided them with a superior house mix), their onstage charisma (Freddie had the stadium eating out of his hand), and as far as the set list goes, it showed their diversity. You neglected to note in the set list Freddie's vocal back-and-forth with the audience, which was perfect, especially since this was not exclusively a "Queen crowd."

Think about that for a minute: The band had the world watching and had the balls to take the time to *stop playing music* and encourage the audience follow along with their own voices alone. And they did. And they loved it. Queen didn't stop to lecture the audience on world issues ("Hammer To Fall" covered that as much as they cared to) or to talk about why they were all there. The band knew they didn't need to do any of that, that audience was there to see these bands give everything they had and Queen did just that. Their job was to blow the audience away, to create a memorable experience worthy of the seriousness of cause they were supporting.

In short, the set list was flawlessly arranged, in my opinion.

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I'd have put more hist Another one Bites the Dust. Many other Nº1 (Under Pressure?) or even classics of previous years.


Putting "Another One Bites The Dust" might have been a bit insensitive since the whole show was geared towards saving starving people from dying. Just a thought....


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 04:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rhyeking wrote: Well, considering it's generally said by all who were there that Queen stole the show and it 'snow considered one of their (no pun intended) crowning moments of awesome, I'd say the set was pretty spot on. They took the time to create a set list that maximized the 22 or so minutes they were allotted. They rehearsed it thoroughly and had enough live experience to squeeze everything out of each song.

They started with their biggest hit, led into their most recent crowd-participation number, followed it up with a recent heavy rocker (their second to latest single), lightened the mood with a classic fun piece and ended with the ultimate show-closers. They accomplished a great deal in a short period of time: they supported Gedolf's Ethiopa cause (the reason Live Aid happened) and reminded the world exactly how and why they were among the greatest rock bands still touring and recording. The latter was achieved by a their sound quality (it's said the limiters were removed by their audio crew, who also provided them with a superior house mix), their onstage charisma (Freddie had the stadium eating out of his hand), and as far as the set list goes, it showed their diversity. You neglected to note in the set list Freddie's vocal back-and-forth with the audience, which was perfect, especially since this was not exclusively a "Queen crowd."

Think about that for a minute: The band had the world watching and had the balls to take the time to *stop playing music* and encourage the audience follow along with their own voices alone. And they did. And they loved it. Queen didn't stop to lecture the audience on world issues ("Hammer To Fall" covered that as much as they cared to) or to talk about why they were all there. The band knew they didn't need to do any of that, that audience was there to see these bands give everything they had and Queen did just that. Their job was to blow the audience away, to create a memorable experience worthy of the seriousness of cause they were supporting.

In short, the set list was flawlessly arranged, in my opinion.

Perfectly put and stated! Case closed.


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 12:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think it's a lot simpler than most people realise....there was no real "magic formula".

for most rock gigs...the last half hour...ie the last two/three songs + the encores...are the climax of the show

all queen did was took four of the final six songs of their setlist from the last european tour they did prior (84) to liveaid and added their two staple encores...no mystery...just simple

when you look at the closing numbers of the setlist...getting the last halfhr down to the liveaid "18 minutes" was easy...all you do is leave out the songs that don't fit the event...AOBTD and IWTBF and jailhouse rock - which wasn't a queen song anyway. 30 mins becomes 18


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 12:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think they should have done this:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody Verses
2. Radio Ga Ga
3. Another One Bites the Dust
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
5. We Will Rock You
6. We Are the Champions

I really don't know why they stuck Hammer To Fall in there. In fact if it came to it, it probably would have been better to just leave it out so they wouldn't have to rush all the other songs so much and would be able to play the full WWRY.


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 12:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Playing 'Dust' (i.e. referencing death) at a famine relief concert would not have been a classy move.  That likely crossed their minds.

The setlist was perfect.  The show has been hailed as one of the great performances ever given by a band.  What's the point in discussing how it could've been even better when it clearly couldn't have been?


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 13:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My english not so good why they no play headlong and invisible man for live aids?

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Live Aid setlist was great. However I do believe they should of played Love Of My Life instead of Is this the World We Created?

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hammer to Fall is a much better track  and along with WWRY/WATC were the best tracks in the set. It reminded fans of the groups Metal heritage and despite the fact that they had dallied in pop and dance in many of their 80's albums they could rock as hard as anyone.


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 14:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Isle0fRed wrote:

However I do believe they should of played Love Of My Life instead of Is this the World We Created?

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Read the lyrics of the latter again, and consider what the purpose of the day was in the first place .. :-)


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote: Playing 'Dust' (i.e. referencing death) at a famine relief concert would not have been a classy move.  That likely crossed their minds.

The setlist was perfect.  The show has been hailed as one of the great performances ever given by a band.  What's the point in discussing how it could've been even better when it clearly couldn't have been?
I totally agree.

The band's performance was great but above all Live Aid made very clear that they're a very clever band. they put more thought into their setlist than most other bands and just performed a mini-show with maximum impact.


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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 15:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The reason why they played Crazy i think was cos it was huge in America i guess, and Bites The Dust would have been ridiculous.  I think i read somewhere that they wanted to be the 1st band on when the americans switched onto the event.  They were savy as they played the biggest hits and stuff from their last album.  The Works sales certainly benefited from Live Aid.

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Posted: 18 Aug 11, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the Live Aid setlist was spot on.  I don't think ABTOD should have been added as it would have been little insensitive as for what Live Aid was all about.  I also this Is This The World We Created was also an inspired move.  I don't think Love Of My Life would have worked.

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Posted: 19 Aug 11, 04:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brENsKi wrote: i think it's a lot simpler than most people realise....there was no real "magic formula".

for most rock gigs...the last half hour...ie the last two/three songs + the encores...are the climax of the show

all queen did was took four of the final six songs of their setlist from the last european tour they did prior (84) to liveaid and added their two staple encores...no mystery...just simple

when you look at the closing numbers of the setlist...getting the last halfhr down to the liveaid "18 minutes" was easy...all you do is leave out the songs that don't fit the event...AOBTD and IWTBF and jailhouse rock - which wasn't a queen song anyway. 30 mins becomes 18

brENsKi is quite right I think

I used to play live with my band and the last half hour (known as the run-in) was almost always the same at every gog
As a band, you know it works and you can, to a certain extent, predict the audience reaction

What won for Queen wasn't only the sound levels and the performance, they were also the most professional band of the day; hardly anything was left to chance and they knew from experience that these songs in sequence work with a large audience

Quite how well it worked for them, I dont think even they could have prediceted

Another point which is seldom mentioned is that Freddie's voice was on top form for; compare his range at Live aid to Rock in Rio a few months earlier...it all could have turned out quite differently

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Posted: 19 Aug 11, 06:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In another thread about Live Aid Philadelphia I posted a link to a book chapter specifically about Queen at Live Aid which suggests that Queen's impact wasn't initially as large as people now make out.   

Regarding the setlist, I would've preferred Under pressure to Hammer to Fall. UP was a big UK hit whereas Hammer to Fall was a moderate hit in the UK (and almost unknown in the USA), is a bit dull in a live situation and not sung particularly well live by Fred. I guess though Brian needed to have two of his songs in there somewhere.

Lastly, as to why Queen went down so well, The Works was a huge hit in the UK before Live Aid and many people at the concert were Queen fans. It's not brain surgery.


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Posted: 19 Aug 11, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

if they were going to include AOBTD, they may as well have stuck All Dead, All Dead and Don't Try Suicide in there as well.


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