On July 13, 1985, the musical elite of Britain and 72,000 fans gathered at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid -- a charity event to raise funds to combat the Ethiopian famine.
Sting, U2, David Bowie, The Who, Dire Straits, and many others performed that day. But it is widely agreed that one band reigned supreme: Queen!
Queen at Live Aid
The performance at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985 is often regarded as, arguably, Queen's greatest single live performance. Their set lasted 21 minutes and comprised "Bohemian Rhapsody" (ballad section and guitar solo), "Radio Ga Ga", crowd singalong, "Hammer to Fall", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Will Rock You" (1st verse), and "We Are the Champions". Mercury and May returned later on to perform a version of "Is This the World We Created?" As the band would later admit, the audience reaction to Queen's condensed segment was quite astonishing and their performance would be remembered for decades to come.
Amazingly, it almost didn't happen. Lead singer Freddie Mercury had a throat infection, and doctors told him not to perform, or risk permanent throat injury. But Freddie wasn't about to let anything stop him. This was the moment he'd been living for, ever since he ran a little clothes stall in Kensington Market just 11 km's away.
Queen squeezed six of their best-known hits into a seamless 20 minute set, and as soon as it was over, Elton John rushed into their dressing room shouting that they had stolen the show.
7 years ago, a British tv station polled more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives for their most memorable rock gigs, and Queen's Live Aid performance, here at Wembley stadium, was selected as the all-time best. July 13, 1985, the day Queen ruled rock.