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Topic: Mick Jagger on Live Aid in 1985 Return to archive Page: 1 2
November 11th, 2004 06:26 PM
Gazza problem was, it was logistically difficult to do that

Dylan was originally going to play a set with a band that Bill Graham had got together for him - but didnt want to. So he asked Keith and Woody to join him instead.

The whole point of putting Dylan on, playing a solo acoustic set, at the end was so that while he was onstage they could set the stage up behind him for the "We Are The World" finale. So by the time the three of them took the stage, the stage curtains had been closed behind them so that no one on the audience could see what was going on re: the finale rehearsal.

Of course, while this was going on, Bob, Keith and Woody couldnt hear a thing in their monitors and the whole performance was a musical shambles.

In an ideal situation, the Stones would have been a great and logical choice to close the main part of the show - but that wasnt to be. Considering it was Mick solo and he chose to plug a couple of songs off his newly released debut solo album and then sing a couple of oldies, I dont think that would have necessarily been a great choice as a closer either (Mick solo is no big deal, after all). Its like some people at the time of the Concert for NY show wondering why the Who got to play 4 songs in a set that ran 20 mins yet the "Stones" only did two songs - forgetting that it was Mick who was on the bill, only to be joined by Keith at the last minute (had the "Stones" played that gig, I'm sure - like Live Aid - theyd have got an appropriately high profile slot on the bill)

Also, not sure if my memory is correct, but didnt Patti Labelle play her set between Mick's and Dylan's?
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