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RES: Live Aid Finally Gets DVD Release

I don't think "Live Aid" represents that much... I mean, the concert was
important in raising money for Ethiopia and everything, but the music was
not that good. The 'Oo did na horrible set, Led Zep played with Tony
Thompson on drums, Queen was just decadent, Jagger went solo, Dire Stratis
turned that "Money for Nothing" into some sort of arena classic (and that's
awful, really  seems like the tune is a hymm or something alike), well, as
I've published in my weblog, I'm not going to spend a dime in it, but if you
want to give it to me as a birthday gift or something, be my guest.

AKAMINE, Oswaldo
in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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De: owner-thewho@xxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-thewho@xxxxxxxx] Em nome de Schrade,
Enviada em: segunda-feira, 8 de margo de 2004 17:30
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Assunto: Live Aid Finally Gets DVD Release

Live Aid Finally Gets DVD Release


The 1985 Live Aid concert, one of the defining events in modern music, is to
be released on DVD for the first time. 

Organisers will auction the rights to release the DVD after pirate copies
were found for sale on the internet. 

They are hoping to raise "a few million pounds" for charity and are aiming
for a Christmas release. 

The concert, split between London and Philadelphia, brought together stars
including U2, Queen and Madonna - but has never come out on CD, video or

Organisers have decided to allow the DVD release after realising bootleg-
gers were making money from it - but none was going to charity. 
Proceeds from the DVD release will go to the Band Aid Trust, which still
exists to relieve poverty and hunger in Ethiopia and the surrounding area. 

Bob Geldof "sees it as an asset of the people of Ethiopia" that was not
being fully utilised, according to fellow founding Band Aid trustee John

"It's a surprise to all of us that we're still here 20 years on spending and
receiving money," he told BBC News Online. 

"But because of piracy, it's becoming available without earning any money." 

The successful bidder will have to get the permission of every artist - but
"we don't expect any of them to be anything other than co-operative", he

Geldof organised Live Aid and the Band Aid single in response to famine in
Ethiopia, in which 1.2 million people starved to death in 1984 and 1985. 

Live Aid saw 72,000 pack into Wembley Stadium in London to see artists such
as David Bowie, Wham! and Dire Straits. 

The 16-hour music marathon was completed at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium with
acts including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Mick Jagger. 

Live Aid eventually raised #40m. Half of the money was spent on food and
half on long term development. 

The DVD plan comes after pirated DVDs were found on sale over the internet
for #110 for a 10-disc set. 

After a tip-off from Geldof himself, police raided a property in
Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and arrested a man.

- SCHRADE in Akron

The Council For Secular Humanism