By John Curley
Absolute Radio will broadcast a documentary about the 25th anniversary of Live Aid next week. The documentary will be aired in two parts. The first will be broadcast on Monday, July 12th at 10 p.m. BST (5 p.m. Eastern) and part two can be heard the following night at the same time. The 25th anniversary of the concert is on Tuesday, July 13th. Absolute Radio will also broadcast the documentary in full on Sunday, July 19th at 9 p.m. BST (4 p.m. Eastern).
The full documentary will also be broadcast on both Absolute 80s and Absolute Classic Rock on Tuesday, July 13th at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. Eastern).
Among those interviewed in the documentary are Live Aid participants Bob Geldof, Bono, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Paul McCartney, Midge Ure, Phil Collins, Chrissie Hynde, Bryan Adams, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Gary Kemp, Tony Hadley, Paul Young, Elvis Costello, and Billy Connolly.
To hear the documentary, go to the appropriate Web site at the times given above and click the “Listen live” button at the top of the page.
The Absolute Radio Web sites that are broadcasting the documentary are:
Absolute Radio: http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/
Absolute 80s: http://absolute80s.com/
Absolute Classic Rock: http://absoluteclassicrock.co.uk/
There is more information about Absolute Radio’s Live Aid documentary at http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/onair/specials/live_aid_25/index.html.
Live Aid took place at London’s Wembley Stadium, Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, and at other venues around the world. I can remember sitting in front of the TV at 7 a.m. that day to see Status Quo kick off the concert at Wembley Stadium. Among the artists that performed were U2, Dire Straits, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney. Phil Collins had the distinction of performing at both the London and Philadelphia concerts with a transatlantic flight on the Concorde in between.