News > Queen: Live 8 by Satellite?

Added on 06-Jun-2005

From the UK newspaper the MirrorTHEY royally stole the show at Live Aid. Now, 20 years on, Queen hope to send us ga-ga again at Live 8 - even though their rock majesties can't be there in person.

The band - who are back together with Free's Paul Rodgers stepping into the stack-heeled shoes of the late, great Freddie Mercury - are playing in Portugal on July 2, when Live 8 takes place in London.

But they are so keen to take part in the spectacular gig, they are arranging a live satellite link-up from Lisbon's Estadio Restelo to Hyde Park. Spokesman Phil Symes tells us: "The band are playing an outdoor concert on the same day. They are discussing featuring at Live 8 on a big screen."

Queen - who wowed the world at Live Aid with We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and Radio Ga-Ga - might even play with pop hunk Robbie Williams.


Our Live 8 insider says: "Robbie is performing in Hyde Park and apparently wants to do We Will Rock You or We Are The Champions before his hit Angels. Who knows, he may end up collaborating with Queen via satellite. It'll be amazing. It's tragic that Freddie is no longer alive but Paul will do them proud."

Franz Ferdinand fans hoping to see their heroes at Live 8 will be sadly disappointed, though. They will all be at guitarist Nick McCarthy's wedding in Germany.

"The ceremony's in the middle of nowhere so they can't jet to Berlin's Live 8 gig," says our spy. "Then Nick's on honeymoon and the band are unlikely to play without him at Live 8 in Edinburgh on July 6."

And there's bad news for Phil Collins fans, too.

In 1985, he jetted from Wembley to Philadelphia on Concorde, just so he could play at both the UK and US Live Aid gigs. But don't expect to see him at Live 8.

On his website, Phil writes: "I have not been asked to participate, and indeed cannot if I were asked.

"I am in touch with Bob Geldof and have narrated his own Live Aid special for radio. So it is nothing personal. I love him dearly..." Ahh.

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Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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