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0. Interview And Rehearsal (Queen At Live Aid: 13/7/1985) [Filmed Concert]

Time Stamps:

Interview: 0:00

Radio Ga Ga: 4:17

Bohemian Rhapsody: 8:04

Radio Ga Ga 2: 10:12

Hammer To Fall: 14:16

At this very special festival, Queen were one of many dozens of acts and performers who's all proceeds went to raise money for Ethiopia which was in a famine!

Each performance was only allowed to have 20 minutes on the stage, there was also a rule that no backing tracks or a soundcheck were permitted. This gig launched Queen back into popularity with the recent Sun City in '84 controversy and of course the Hot Space album in '82. This is the most important gig Queen ever played and Freddie was the main attraction!

For this upload I've used the Radio broadcast source that was very kindly recorded and uploaded to Queenzone by Owen Smith! AT certain parts (during the intro, Crazy Little Thing Called Love & Is This The World We Created I've used the official 2007 DVD mix due to feedback and the BBC engineers obliviously talking during the broadcast to millions and millions of people, whoops!)

They played the shortened medley version of Bohemian Rhapsody (like they would do from '75 to '76), this is most definitively the best version of the medley with Freddie hitting those studio phrasing notes for the first ever time, this led straight into Radio Ga Ga which is the best ever version with Freddie getting those studio notes perfectly! Following was Freddie's short improv with the audience which is also excellent! Following was Hammer To Fall which again is the best ever version with Freddie nailing the almost all of the key notes and also ad-libs a short C#5, the only small blemish is at the end where Roger's timing doesn't sync with everyone else but he can be forgiven as he mentions in an interview that the sound on stage was bad! Crazy Little Thing Called Love is next and it's a wonderful performance with Freddie getting some great notes in there! We Will Rock You follows which has been shortened down to only the first verse and chorus but is still a great performance with Freddie nailing the A4 on "man someday"! Then what follows is the most surprising and amazing performances of We Are The Champions and is if the not the best version! Firstly he hits the first Bb4 before the chorus but he absolutely nails the C5 (although just slightly beaten by Monterrey's C5), then the completely unexpected happens he nails the second "We Are The Champions" part in the original octave not only once but three times! At the end of this performance there's a few rough moments but those can be forgiven when you've been singing your greatest in 20 minutes!

Later that day Freddie and Brain return to perform; "Is This The World We Created" which theme fits well into Live Aid, again this is a great performance!


Note 1: I've also included as extras Queen's introduction by Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones, the introduction for "Is This The World We Created" by John Hurt and "Do They Know It's Christmas" which is performed with most of the acts that day. Also during that performance Freddie only got two words in as they didn't hand him the mic at any point, they must have been jealous!

All this extra footage was gotten from
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