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

As we know, Live Aid was on 13 July 1985. And my birth was on 14 July 1998, but it doesn't matter (to you). The storming of the Bastille was on 14 July 1789. Anyway, what do you think of the Queen performance at Live Aid.
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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 13:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"The greatest twenty minutes in the history of rock and roll"
"The? day when the Earth stood still for Freddie"
"The best live rock performance ever"
"Live Aid was watched by more than a billion of people worldwide; in 17 minutes Queen gave probably the most impressive performance of their existence":)


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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i'd like to say that queen at live aid was a great moment in a very good day. as someone who remembers it all vididly and saw it from the wembley opening right thru to the end of the philly gig, i loved the whole day. queen were one of many highlights.

but @croatiafan: really? you really do think this? then you need to get out more!!!

let's deal with your comments individually:

"The greatest twenty minutes in the history of rock and roll"
come on, you're not going to let "dark side of the moon", beatles on ed sullivan, bob dylan going electric, woodstock, pistols and bill grundy, mtv airing for the first time...get in the way of your weird perspective are you?

"The? day when the Earth stood still for Freddie"
no. the "day the earth stood still" in rock n roll parlance would put, buddy holly's death, john lennon's death, elvis' death, kurt cobain's death and EVEN freddie's death above live aid as "stood still moments"

"The best live rock performance ever"
no. the best live performance at live aid, maybe. but on 4 of the five times i saw queen live they were better than live aid. that 18 mins at live aid was good. and in the sphere of live aid it was incredible, but in reality it wasn't anywhere near "the greatest live rock performance ever"...i have seen many gigs from 79 to date and i speak from experience when i say that some of these were MUCH better than quene at live aid. and that's not including the gigs i haven't attended that definitely sound better than queen at live aid....the who at leeds, the lizzy gig at philly (unedited), purple california jam, knebworth, elton and bowie at the NEC in the early 80s,



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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brENsKi wrote:
i'd like to say that queen at live aid was a great moment in a very good day. as someone who remembers it all vididly and saw it from the wembley opening right thru to the end of the philly gig, i loved the whole day. queen were one of many highlights.
but @croatiafan: really? you really do think this? then you need to get out more!!!
let's deal with your comments individually:
"The greatest twenty minutes in the history of rock and roll"
come on, you're not going to let "dark side of the moon", beatles on ed sullivan, bob dylan going electric, woodstock, pistols and bill grundy, mtv airing for the first time...get in the way of your weird perspective are you?
"The? day when the Earth stood still for Freddie"
no. the "day the earth stood still" in rock n roll parlance would put, buddy holly's death, john lennon's death, elvis' death, kurt cobain's death and EVEN freddie's death above live aid as "stood still moments"
"The best live rock performance ever"
no. the best live performance at live aid, maybe. but on 4 of the five times i saw queen live they were better than live aid. that 18 mins at live aid was good. and in the sphere of live aid it was incredible, but in reality it wasn't anywhere near "the greatest live rock performance ever"...i have seen many gigs from 79 to date and i speak from experience when i say that some of these were MUCH better than quene at live aid. and that's not including the gigs i haven't attended that definitely sound better than queen at live aid....the who at leeds, the lizzy gig at philly (unedited), purple california jam, knebworth, elton and bowie at the NEC in the early 80s,


Jesus Christ!

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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very good, but over-rated.

Queen gave 50+ better performances throughout their history. At least.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 18:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's great. Love it.

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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 18:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



croatiafan wrote:
brENsKi wrote:
i'd like to say that queen at live aid was a great moment in a very good day. as someone who remembers it all vididly and saw it from the wembley opening right thru to the end of the philly gig, i loved the whole day. queen were one of many highlights.
but @croatiafan: really? you really do think this? then you need to get out more!!!
let's deal with your comments individually:
"The greatest twenty minutes in the history of rock and roll"
come on, you're not going to let "dark side of the moon", beatles on ed sullivan, bob dylan going electric, woodstock, pistols and bill grundy, mtv airing for the first time...get in the way of your weird perspective are you?
"The? day when the Earth stood still for Freddie"
no. the "day the earth stood still" in rock n roll parlance would put, buddy holly's death, john lennon's death, elvis' death, kurt cobain's death and EVEN freddie's death above live aid as "stood still moments"
"The best live rock performance ever"
no. the best live performance at live aid, maybe. but on 4 of the five times i saw queen live they were better than live aid. that 18 mins at live aid was good. and in the sphere of live aid it was incredible, but in reality it wasn't anywhere near "the greatest live rock performance ever"...i have seen many gigs from 79 to date and i speak from experience when i say that some of these were MUCH better than quene at live aid. and that's not including the gigs i haven't attended that definitely sound better than queen at live aid....the who at leeds, the lizzy gig at philly (unedited), purple california jam, knebworth, elton and bowie at the NEC in the early 80s,


Jesus Christ!

Look Fred wasn't the messiah, he was a very naughty boy.


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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 18:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As are Brian, John and Roger: both Dr Wig and his Blond Sidekick have committed adultery, and Duke Ostrich was found eyeing strippers. Is that what Jesus Christ taught them?


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe Buddy Jesus had a word.


"With a population of 1.75 million, Northern Ireland should really be a footballing minnow. Instead, they could be better described as the piranhas of the international game" (FIFA.com)
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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 18:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LOL@brENsKi with a bit of an eye roll with it.

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Posted: 11 Jul 12, 21:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They were the best band by light years that day, one of the few who were professional and had their shit together. I say them in the 70s at least twice where IMHO they were better due to the fact they were a rock band in the 70s and much rawer live. Having said that, they destroyed the place in front of a non-Queen audience. May not have been their best performance, but the fact that they won over so many people who may not have been fans/hated them is a testament to Adam Lambert's genius. Sorry, Freddie' s :)

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 04:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd argue that it was one of Freddie's best day's vocally...especially because he never performed as well live 2 years either side of that day.

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen were the champions of the world that day.

The performance was so slick it was incredible. They had obviously nailed everything down to a T. My favourite bit is Freddie's face when he does his crowd improv and everyone in the stadium sings back. His face is a picture.

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 07:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Its a great performance and you can never tire of watching it

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think we're actually going to the opposite extreme. Sure it's overrated, but I think some people are actually starting to UNDERSTATE it. It is definitely one of their strongest shows all around.

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 08:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a great performance made all the greater by the fact that Queen were just so damn savvy about it.

Their popularity was waning somewhat, and given the opportunity to showcase the highlights of their career and remind the whole world why they were one of the biggest rock bands ever, they did exactly that.

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 10:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

croatiafan wrote:
brENsKi wrote:
i'd like to say that queen at live aid was a great moment in a very good day. as someone who remembers it all vididly and saw it from the wembley opening right thru to the end of the philly gig, i loved the whole day. queen were one of many highlights.
but @croatiafan: really? you really do think this? then you need to get out more!!!
let's deal with your comments individually:
"The greatest twenty minutes in the history of rock and roll"
come on, you're not going to let "dark side of the moon", beatles on ed sullivan, bob dylan going electric, woodstock, pistols and bill grundy, mtv airing for the first time...get in the way of your weird perspective are you?
"The? day when the Earth stood still for Freddie"
no. the "day the earth stood still" in rock n roll parlance would put, buddy holly's death, john lennon's death, elvis' death, kurt cobain's death and EVEN freddie's death above live aid as "stood still moments"
"The best live rock performance ever"
no. the best live performance at live aid, maybe. but on 4 of the five times i saw queen live they were better than live aid. that 18 mins at live aid was good. and in the sphere of live aid it was incredible, but in reality it wasn't anywhere near "the greatest live rock performance ever"...i have seen many gigs from 79 to date and i speak from experience when i say that some of these were MUCH better than quene at live aid. and that's not including the gigs i haven't attended that definitely sound better than queen at live aid....the who at leeds, the lizzy gig at philly (unedited), purple california jam, knebworth, elton and bowie at the NEC in the early 80s,

Jesus Christ!


why "Jesus Christ!" ???
because i disagree with you, and give valid reasons why? because i actually saw queen perform WHOLE GIGS that were better than the 18-minute-xfactor-audition-come liveaid?
look, it's subjective, and because i'm not some stepford who thinks they're the best at everything they do, does not make me NOT a fan, or my comments any less valid than yours...
in case you didn't notice, a few others tend to take my objective view and agree with me....see below your "Jesus Christ" reply


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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Amzing gig

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Posted: 12 Jul 12, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen blew everyone else away. Though not sure about the comment about waning popularity (in most of the world) given they'd released The Works the previous year with a number of hits but I think it certainly brought them back into popular focus as a great live ROCK band.

As far as the actual performance goes Freddie was in great voice (as it wasn't during a long tour and his voice was rested), the band was generally tight being not long after The Works tour (the obvious exception being the end of Hammer to Fall as they tried to finish the song early).

Considering the onstage sound was probably a bit dodgy given the nature of the event it was a brilliant. It's just a shame they hadn'y flew over to the U.S. to perform rather than Phil Collins then they'd have shown Americans what they'd forgotten.

On a personal note I'd watched TV all day waiting for Queen and just whe they came on I got called for dinner. My mum got really angry so I missed some of it (at the time).