Advertised as the "global jukebox," Live Aid was a once-in-a-lifetime event that showcased world-famous musicians under the premise of a humanitarian aid effort. There are wildly varied opinions on the impact Live Aid had on society, the people of Ethiopia, and rock and roll. The sands of time have tinted its memory with nostalgia and criticism in equal measure, which begs the question: What was Live Aid really like?
Live Aid was a life-defining moment for many of its featured artists. Careers were made and ruined, reunions were tragic as well as joyful. Some unlikely alliances were forged. For many viewers at home, the concert was simply a vessel for the Platonic ideal of rock music to actualize itself. Take Queen’s Live Aid performance, which gave fans 17 minutes of flawless, electrifying heat. That performance was undoubtedly a net gain for society as a whole, but it’s important to remember everyone else who played at Live Aid, as well. No big deal, just a collection of the best rock bands of all time.
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