Picture hearing a tune. Any tune, then having the ability to belt out that tune at the top of your lungs with perfect pitch whenever the f*ck you wanted. That was Freddie Mercury. He had that voice that comes once in a generation, a four-octave vocal range that combines with a flamboyant on stage persona that sky rocketed Queen as one, if not the best band of all time. Their 1985 Live Aid concert was arguably the most iconic concert of the century, battling The Beatles rooftop show. Here in full is Queen’s entire set at Live Aid.
British comedian Rhys Thomas for Rolling Stone:
“That’s the greatest Queen moment of all time,” Thomas says of the band’s famous performance at London’s Live Aid charity concert in 1985. “Freddie was actually told he couldn’t sing – he had throat nodules. But he still went on. That was a turning point for Queen’s career. Freddie had gone solo, and their last album [1984’s The Works] didn’t sell well. The band was on a break, pretty much, and Bob Geldof said, ‘You’ve got to do this thing.’ They weren’t even on the bill yet when it sold out. They did a medley of five songs and blew everyone away.”