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25 years ago today

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:31 am in Uncategorized.

We were all sitting on pins and needles, worried whether Phil Collins getting to Philadelphia from Wembley in time to play both Live Aid shows.

Well, some of us were. Others (me) were more concerned about whether he was going to screw up the Led Zeppelin reunion. Thankfully they thought of that too and had Tony Thompson playing,  just in case Phil began to look lost (which he did).

We should’ve been worrying about Robert Plant not gargling enough before going on. The poodle mullet was of no concern – it was 1985.

Wow – 25 years. George Michael still had a career. Tina Turner was relevant. Madonna wasn’t scary (unless you dated her). And, Freddie Mercury was alive and Queen suddenly became relevant again, if only for a short time (Watching the crowd during the chorus of “Radio Ga-Ga” still brings chills.


There was a lot to be embarrassed by when we look back at the 80s. But this was a special day, when everybody felt like they were part of something good. No, I didn’t give them any money – what are you … crazy? Still, it was a fun day.

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