And Queen did what, 2 (or was it 1?) weeks of prep work for a 20 min set list.
I heard a full week of rehearsals, including some of the so called improv. call & response that Freddie did with the Wembley crowd, all at Britain's Shaw Theater.
Now before you scoff, that may sound like alot of time of rehearals for a 20 minute set. But...
1) Queen did in fact nail Live Aid to a Tee and to this day, fans, people not familiar with Queen, critics, music artists and Geldof all admit that Queen was the band that "stole the show". And Queen knew that they were going to be in front of over 70,000 people at Wembley, with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the International press, dignitaries, etc. in attendance, and upwards of a billion people worldwide watching them on TV.
That's ALOT of pressure, and the eyes of the world were on them...It may have been only 20 minutes, but for Queen (and for all of the artists who performed at Live Aid) those few minutes that Queen and all of the other artists that performed that day, those few minutes were career makers, or career breakers (as was the case also with U2 who was just as stellar!)..
So Queen rehearsed intensely, went for it, and won the day.
2) Unlike Paul Rodgers with Queen at Fancourt who also had ALOT of pressure and the eyes of the world on him, with Nelson Mandela, International press, media, fans, artists all in attendance, and upwards of thousands if not millions worldwide tuning in to the webcast...and he got a MAJOR case of nerves, and Blew IT!!!!