Rare Footage From Freddie Mercury’s Live Aid Rehearsal Shared By Queen
This week’s episode of Queen The Greatest Live, which you can watch below, looks back at the rehearsal Freddie Mercury and the band had, preparing for their iconic Live Aid in 1985. Surprisingly, they were one of the only bands to spend any serious time in advance. Fans might also be surprised to learn that Brian May had initially left the stage after his unforgettable 17-minute set thinking it was one of the band’s weaker performances.
Speaking to Total Guitar, Brian said: “We didn’t go there to [steal the show]. We went there to do our bit… I didn’t think when we came out that it was our best performance or anything like that.”
Most of all, the Queen guitarist credits Freddie’s confidence during the Live Aid set for why his band was seen to “steal the show.” He also admitted that it really was a step into the unknown for them since they weren’t on the bill when the concert was first announced.
Roger Taylor recalled Freddie’s performance at Live Aid: “From the start, he came out of the traps like a champ. I remember looking up and seeing the whole place going completely crazy in unison and thinking ‘Oh, this is going great’.”
Queen’s set on July 13, 1985, which was recreated in their biopic, were: Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Ay-Oh/Hammer to Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, and We Are The Champions.
Next week’s episode of Queen The Greatest Live is called Rehearsals – Part 3: Rehearsing magic.
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