Francis Rossi / “Live Aid still important, 35 years later”

13 July 2020

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Live Aid show. Two concerts were held simultaneously and attended by 172,000 at Wembley Stadium and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it was all kicked off in London by Status Quo.

Sabbath reunited with Ozzy, Led Zeppelin played, although in some disarray and Quo opened it all with ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’, ‘Caroline’ and fan favourite ‘Don’t Waste My Time’. It was to mark the last appearance with Alan Lancaster and Pete Kircher.

Rossi told MetalTalk: “Monday marks the 35th anniversary of the Live Aid show. Whenever Quo step onto a stage we strive to give it our best, no one audience or gig is more important than another to the band, but it is undeniable that the thirteenth of July, 1985 was special.

“There were serious tensions in the band at the time, I arrived in some ways wondering how I’d been persuaded to turn up.

“Some of the other acts were interested in who was going to play last, to headline, whilst we decided to go on first so that we could be done and dusted. Turned out to be a great decision, it was Quo’s music that kicked things off as seemingly the whole world’s attention came to bear to on what Live Aid was trying to communicate.

“It was over in a flash and, whilst I’m not one for nostalgia or dwelling on past glories, at the time it felt important and thirty five years later it still does.”

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