Queen guitarist Brian May says he hopes for another large concert like 1985’s Live Aid to combat climate change.
The classic rock band was a large part of the iconic concert that also featured U2, Phil Collins, Madonna, Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and many others. The benefit for Ethiopian famine relief was the first true global concert and linked performances at London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to reach an estimated TV audience of 1.5 billion people.
“It probably would take the younger generation to take that bull by the horns,” May told The Daily Mirror. “We’d help in any way we can, but I think that’s what it would require.”
May admitted with the saturation of concerts and musical festivals nowadays it might not be as easy as it was then.
The 1985 spectacle was seen in more than 150 countries and raised an estimated $245 million. Though it wasn’t the first benefit concert, it was the first of its size and impact.
Queen’s role in Live Aid was recently highlighted in the Oscar-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” based on the life of its lead singer, Freddie Mercury.