I get it.
I have a thing about gay men…
They are some of my favourite-st performers, after all.
Like Freddie Mercury. It has been a very Queen-heavy week for me.
I’ve been coming home to an empty house after school drop-off and filling it with ROCK ROCK ROCK.
Today I put on a random playlist of the group via youtube as I set about in cleaning the house.
My Oh My.
I’ve listened to these performances individually many a time, but never in a whole, to realise the full context and width and breadth of their set at the 1985 Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium.
Here I was, a little toddler, pushing 2 years old… and these guys were creating the greatest rock performance of all-time.
Have a watch of the exhilarating, fist-pumping 21 minutes. Tell me what you think.
At 2:45 begins my most favourite bit of the set. The intro to Radio Ga Ga, my current obsession.
But, for some of that context I mentioned earlier… over 70,000 people clapping in unison people.
Just in in the UK. Because Live Aid was a joint concert effort to raise money for people starving to death in Ethiopia, and was back off the “Do They Know It’s Christmas” single effort.
While the UK performances began at Wembley at approximately 12pm, they continued at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia in the U.S, for a crowd of 100,000 just before 2pm UK time, with the concert amounting to about 16 hours of live performances.
It inspired concerts in other countries around the world on the same day, and the scale of this Live Aid event, the largest television broadcast of the time, was that about 40% of the world’s population watched it.
Most likely your parents… and most likely mine.
So when you take the above performance with all this info, knowing Queen were performing to approximately 1.9 billion people around the world…
Just let that sink in.
And his a capella section at the end of Radio Ga Ga, showcasing his vocal range and ability to stir a crowd, became known as “the note heard round the world.”
What a legacy.