Monday, August 02, 2004
  DVD Aid - It's All About the Eighties!
Time to "Feed the World" again!
Please forgive me as I digress from politics (my wife says I'm too obsessed with that anyway) and rave about something completely different. My other obsession, 80's music!

If you were born before July 13, 1985 then you probably remember the greatest musical event of our generation, Live Aid. The all-star concert was conceived and organized by Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and Midge Ure (Ultravox) as a "global jukebox" to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The main venues were JFK Stadium in Philly and Wembley Stadium in London, with performances in Moscow, Belgrade and other cities around the world. Phil Collins even performed at both concerts, flying across the Atlantic on the Concorde. It was a veritable "Who's Who" of music, especially 80's music: Duran Duran, Howard Jones, U2, The Beach Boys, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Madonna, Elton John, Wham!, and dozens of other artists. It was a lot like Woodstock but bigger, better, and with not nearly as many hallucinogens.

1.5 billion people watched that day, but I had three problems. We didn't have cable, we didn't have a VCR, and I had to work. I was reduced to listening to parts of it on the radio. Of course, you could try to buy copies on eBay. The only problems with that are the quality probably stinks and it is, of course, illegal. In fact, Geldof has successfully prosecuted a lot of pirates selling bootlegs.

Well, fret no more, 80's fans! After almost 20 years Bob Geldof has persuaded all the performers to agree to a DVD release. Warner Vision International has won the bidding and on Nov. 1st will release a four disc set containing 10 hours of performances, a documentary called "Food, Trucks & Rock 'n' Roll" and other gems. The footage is being remastered from the original tapes. By the way, it was initially hoped that Live Aid would raise about $1.5 million, but the grand total came to over $245 million. The DVD sales will only add to the good work Live Aid will continue to do.

Here are some links to read more about Live Aid and the DVD. All I can say is, "Awesome!"

  • World IQ - Live Aid
  • The Unofficial Live Aid Site
  • Warner DVD News
    Thanks for this, I think the 80's produced some of the finest music ever! I'll certainly have to get this DVD on my Christmas list.
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