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Music History in the Making

On July 13, 1985, the world witnessed magic on stage at London’s Live Aid concert. It’s known as 20 minutes that changed music forever.

Queen performed a medley of hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.” Whether he was sitting at the piano or strutting across the stage, Freddie Mercury’s command of the audience was undeniable and overwhelming. The booming sound of 72,000 people singing and clapping in unison, led by their powerhouse of a musical leader, gave this performance its iconic status. It’s now known as one of the world’s greatest rock gigs in history.

Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985 to raise funds for relief of Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. An estimated global audience of 1.9 billion watched the live broadcast.

In 1991, just six years after his Live Aid appearance, Freddie Mercury lost his battle to AIDS. Since his death, the set below has become even more legendary. “Every band should study Queen at Live Aid,” says Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl. “If you really feel like that barrier is gone, you become Freddie Mercury.”

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