Live Aid

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This DVD includes some Sting songs he performed at the Live Aid concert in London's Wembley Stadium on 1985-07-13.

"Live Aid"
DVD cover
Artist: Sting
Directed by: DIRECTOR
Produced by: Jill Sinclair
Edited by: EDITOR
Filming location(s): London, England, UK - Wembley Stadium
Initial release date: 2004-MM-DD
Running time: 600:00
Label: Warner

Video summary

This DVD presents three of Sting's songs from the 1985-07-13 concert at Wembley Arena in London, England, UK.


After Bob Geldof's success with the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? he organized THE charity concert event - to take place on 1985-07-13 in London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium. The performances in both stadiums were broadcast on TV all around the world and raised money for the suffering African continent.

Parts of those performances were released on a DVD set in 2004.

Release history

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Cover art Release date Country Format Language Special features
Live Aid DVD.jpg 2004-MM-DD Germany DVD (Region Code 2-6 / PAL) English special features

Quotations and trivia

  • The video recording history of this event is complicated. According to BBC News Online,

When organiser Bob Geldof was persuading artists to take part, he promised it would be a one-off, never to be seen again. That way, he said, they did not have to worry about contracts or embarrassment if they messed up amid the chaos of the day... But BBC Radio 1 concert co-ordinator Jeff Griffin realised history was about to be made - so recorded it anyway. Mr Griffin confronted Geldof at a meeting a month before the event.... "I said 'Bob I hear what you're saying, but I have to disagree with you - I just think it would be irresponsible not to record it because this has all the makings of something very, very special'." Geldof secretly acknowledged "it was silly not to do it", Mr Griffin says: "So he left it up to me." Although video of the BBC One broadcast with high-quality multi-track audio was kept, many performances from the US were not shown in the UK and so were still missing. The concert was split between Wembley Stadium, London, and JFK Stadium, Philadelphia - and US broadcaster ABC took Geldof more seriously and made its tapes unusable. The DVD's producer Jill Sinclair says: "That was what was so heartbreaking because I had no idea that they would be so stupid. "Not that they thought they were being stupid, they just thought they were following instructions." Another set of tapes had been given to the Smithsonian Institute - but were lost or stolen. Eventually, more than 100 Live Aid tapes were tracked down in MTV's archives - albeit with songs cut short by ad breaks and presenters. Ms Sinclair has not put incomplete songs on the DVD, but the four-disc set, to be released in the UK on 8 November, still clocks in at 10 hours.[1]

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