Brian and I were thinking about poverty going on all around the world and that’s why the track Is This The World We Created? came about. I think for Live Aid we’re actually going to do that as a special thing, right at the end. It’s very odd, but we composed that particular song well before the Live Aid project, but it seems to fit in quite well. It was about the suffering and starvation of children all over the planet, and it matched the situation so well that we decided it was definitely one song we would do. I tell you, when it comes to that duet, Is This The World We Created?, it’s an integral part of what’s going on, and the song seems to convey a lot of what the event is about. I think that’s probably going to bring tears to my eyes when we do it. I’ll have to make sure I do it properly. It’s amazing. The first line is, “Just look at all those hungry mouths we have to feed.” I can’t believe it. It’s as if someone actually asked us to write a song for this event, but we had one already. Actually, it was Jim Beach’s idea. Because it was there, all written, and that’s why they’ve given us a special spot.
To be honest, let’s be open about it, all us rock stars still want to be in the limelight, and this is going to showcase us. Ok we’re helping out, but from the other point of view, it’s going to be a worldwide audience; an all-over simultaneous broadcast. That’s what we’re all about as well and we shouldn’t forget that. I doubt there is one artist that’s going to appear who hasn’t realised that fact. So there’s that to consider as well.
I don’t think I’d be doing it out of guilt. Even if I didn’t do it, the poverty would still be there. It’s something that will always be there. We’ll do all we can do to help because it’s a wonderful thing. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m doing it out of pride. It’s something to be proud of; that I’m actually in with all the ‘Biggies’ – all the biggest stars – and that I can do something worthwhile. Yes, I’m proud more than anything. Sometimes you do feel helpless, and I think this is my way of showing that I can do my bit. And that’s as far as I want to go.
Freddie in his own words
Here’s the beautiful clip 👇 from Live Aid
Picture was snapped by the amazing Neal Preston