Could there ever be another Live Aid?

Bob Geldof doesn't believe it's possible in the age of social media

Sir Bob Geldof has cast doubt over the chances of Live Aid ever returning, claiming that he doesn’t think the massive charity concert format “works” in the modern age.

Live Aid made history at its initial dual event back in 1985, before it came back under the incarnation of Live 8 with a string of star-studded benefit concerts in 2005. Now Geldof, who founded Band Aid with Midge Ure, has claimed that social media has rendered charity concerts on that scale redundant.

“I don’t think that works now, there’s a whole new age,” he told the Irish Independent. “You can do something, you can start generating stuff online now, whether that’s as effective immediately or not”.


He continued: “It’s a terrible bromide at the same time being online, because your rage evaporates into the ether, and it’s very useful for authority, because if everyone in this room had a bee in their bonnet right now, they could all go online and get 1,000 followers.

“The dissemination of the medium has meant the dilution of the message.”

Bob Geldof discusses the future of 'Live Aid'
Bob Geldof discusses the future of ‘Live Aid’

The set of the original Live Aid was recently recreated for the upcoming biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Progress is well underway with the film Bohemian Rhapsody, after the full cast playing the iconic band was announced last summer. Joining ‘Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as Mercury, will be Ben Hardy (‘X-Men Apocalypse’) as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee (‘The Tourist)’ as May and Joe Mazzello (Tim in ‘Jurassic Park’) as bassist John Deacon.


Now, it looks like one one of the movie’s scenes will include one of the band’s greatest moments – their historic set at Live Aid in 1985.

May shared the below photo from the set, with the message “LIVE AID LIVES AGAIN! It’s a Miracle! WE ARE ON.”

Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release on December 25, 2018.


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