Legendary Queen lead guitarist Brian May calls for another Live Aid rock concert. This time to battle climate change.
In a recorded interview with The Daily Mirror, the Hall of Fame rock star expressed hope for this idea. Citing instances of different advocacy-based concerts since the first one in 1985, he thinks the time is ripe to re-do Live Aid. The original Live Aid raised funds and advocated awareness for Africa. However, he mentions that this time around it would be quite different. This time he wants it done to increase our awareness of climate change.
Admittedly though, Brian May thinks that it would take quite a while to organize an event as large as this. He mentions that “People have seen so many concerts since Live Aid purporting to be solving the problems of the world so it’s not quite as easy as it seems,”.
With more than 1.9 Billion viewers throughout the globe, and close to 100,000 attendees in stages in London and Philadelphia, the Live Aid concert of 1985 is widely considered to be the single greatest rock event of all time. Queen, U2, Bob Dylan and David Bowie are just some of the more than 70 performers throughout that 16-hour concert. And Brian May sure hopes that people would again come together for his idea.
Live Aid happened on July 13, 1985, simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. Estimates show that the rock concert collectively raised more than $ 245 Million for the famine that ravaged the African continent. It took 10 weeks to prepare.