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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 04:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The only substitution could be Another One Bites The Dust in place of Hammer To Fall. I don't think it would have been inappropriate. Weird Al performing Eat It would have been inappropriate.

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 05:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Under Pressure would have actually been pretty good. David Bowie was there, and the lyrics fit the context of Live Aid.
Don't know why David didn't like the song, it was a pretty great song

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 06:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did like the song. His accountant told him so.

He just believed it could be better. Which is ironic as when he started playing live versions in the 90s they were pretty poor.

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 15:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

^the live versions from Bowie are essentially thanks to newly (then) acquired bassist Gail Ann Dorsey who was a huge Queen fan (and was at a time, rumoured to fill in John's spot during the Q+ phase)

Seems like both parties feel that it never reached it's peak and to them it must still feel like a "demo".

But the public at large knows it as is; and that's possibly a reason it still hasn't been altered.

Also, it's kinda too late to get David or Freddie's input on a session again


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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 16:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen played Under Pressure throughout The Works tour so it clearly didn't feel like a demo to them. Brian probably pushed for HTF to be on the set and while I think UP would've been better, it's hard to argue that HTF was the wrong choice. As mentioned previously, it was the latest single, it's a mid-tempo rocker, and it keeps Brian happy by having 2 of his songs on the setlist. A more democratic choice, to give Deaky some representation, would've been If You Can't Beat Them, which is a great live rocker, or Need Your Loving Tonight. But again, it's hard to argue against HTF.

Incidentally, in this thread I asked why Queen and Bowie didn't play together at Live Aid.
http://queenzone.com/forums/1483903/queen-and-bowie-at-live-aid-so-why-no-under-pressure-duet.aspx


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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 16:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree regarding HTF that they needed a heavier song and that was probably the most broadly recognized at the time. Plus, we get to see Freddie wanking off the mic stand in front of a billion people!

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 18:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen - Track 13
Freddie & Bri - The Call



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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 18:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 18:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"I know that like no one is gonna agree with me here, but i imagined that they would play more slower and sad songs given the gig. Also im back for the first time since march 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Under Pressure (Play with david since he is at live aid)
Spread Your Wings
Long Away
Radio Ga Ga (The part when the audience clap there hands is just so cool and iconic so I would want that)
Life Is Real

Extra Song at night: Love Of My Life "

Are you fucking mental?

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 20:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Tie your mother down would have been a good song to play at live aid.


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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 20:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen took the playing UP straight away because it was a hit. That's the sort of band they are. I don't think AOBTD was even considered for the stage show until it became a (largely unexpected) hit.

HTF seems to be the right 'rocker' to play - but no mention of Save Me. That would've fit nicely.

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 20:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But again - wasn't featured on The Works tour so probably not in contention to begin with.

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Posted: 15 Jun 19, 23:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HTF is a great song for live performances, but Queen did have bigger hits that could have been played instead.

Still IMO the Live Aid set was already amazing as it was.

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Posted: 16 Jun 19, 10:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brighton Rock
Radio Gaga
Breakthru
A kind of Magic
We will rock you


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Posted: 16 Jun 19, 12:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SirAxno wrote:

Brighton Rock
Radio Gaga
Breakthru
A kind of Magic
We will rock you


That was the original setlist in the totally historically accurate Bohemian Rhapsody movie.




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Posted: 16 Jun 19, 22:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mooghead no I would just rather them play slower and more melodic songs given the gig.

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Posted: 17 Jun 19, 10:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Basically, it was the last 6 songs or so that they had played during the 84/85 tours... If you check the setlists it's about the same. Also, by and large, the same "last " 6 songs played on the Magic Tour. It wasn't quite as "clever" as anyone would have us believe.


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Posted: 17 Jun 19, 15:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

7cees wrote:

Basically, it was the last 6 songs or so that they had played during the 84/85 tours... If you check the setlists it's about the same. Also, by and large, the same "last " 6 songs played on the Magic Tour. It wasn't quite as "clever" as anyone would have us believe.


Correct. Great to hear Freddie sing those songs fresh having not played the rest of the set first. His power and energy...well you know the rest.



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Posted: 17 Jun 19, 20:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

David Bowie was there, Under Pressure with David would've been awesome.

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Posted: 22 Jun 19, 20:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hammer To Fall had lyrics that generation could relate to, plus it scorched the audience. They needed a loud guitar driven song. Queen is about being diverse. The occasion showed off different styles they could do. Not the same track over and over. Can you imagine them performing Fat Bottomed Girls, Tie Your Mother Down, or Put Out The Fire in Hammer To Fall’s place for the occasion? Neither can I.

Another One Bites The Dust? Oh my God, it appears people on here forgot what Live Aid was about.