U2’s ‘Bad’ Break: 12 Minutes at Live Aid That Made the Band’s Career

By Gavin Edwards U2 formed in Dublin as teenagers in 1976. Between 1980 and 1985, they released four albums (Boy, October, War and The Unforgettable Fire). On July 13th, 1985, seemingly every major rock act on Earth played the Live Aid concert for African famine relief, hosted primarily in Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium and London’s Wembley Stadium and broadcast to over a billion people worldwide. Backstage at Wembley, U2 met some of their heroes, including Pete Townshend, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Muhammad Ali. Freddie Mercury flirted with Bono, who was previously unaware that the Queen singer was gay. “Sorry to see how this pivotal moment was superficially covered by Rolling Stone. (There are so many points missed.) During the upcoming fall semester, we will post podcast interviews we conducted with Tony Michaelides, Dave Robinson and Marc Radcliffe that will blow your mind. They will trace U2’s beginnings from behind the scenes. Hell, we could write a book on the lessons learned from the career arch of U2. Come to think of it, we will! Details on the horizon.” Read the full article here: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21606259-musical-ability-dna-practice-may-not-make-perfect?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/practicemanynotmakeperfect

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