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Bowie - Live Aid

Thu 3rd August, 2017 @ 8:44am by 505chris

Bowie - Live Aid

The Thin White Duke Returns to London

It is almost unthinkable now, but in 1985, in aid of the starving people of Ethiopia, Bob Geldof managed to assemble U2, The Who, Elton John, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Queen, David Bowie and many more to play the Wembley leg of Live Aid. In this modern world of transient fame it's inconceivable that a parallel event could ever happen again with such an array of rock and pop superstars.

At around 7.30pm the atmosphere at Wembley became very excitable and also a little tense. The world's most influential rock star was just about to take his turn on the microphone and the Wembley crowd held it's breathe in anticipation. Enter stage right, David Bowie, dressed in a cool blue suit and, as only David Bowie could do, kicked his four song set off not with one of his rock anthems but with the little known TVC15 from the album Station to Station. 'Thank you, it's so nice to be back', he announced as the rifts to Rebel Rebel were plucked from Kevin Armstrong's guitar.

By the time Bowie performed Modern Love he had the Wembley crowd eating out of his hands. His final song "Heroes" was arguably his most passionate rendition of the song and brought the sun-baked crowd to near hysteria.

The Live Aid post mortem announced Bowie and Queen as the concerts winner. Perhaps not surprisingly, both acts were to return to Wembley in the next two years to play sell-out concerts.

Live Aid was a good concert for the people of Ethiopia. It was a great concert for David Bowie.

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