Mid-July 1985, Queen spend several days rehearsing at The Shaw Theatre in London for their extraordinary Live Aid performance!Queen made their legendary performance look effortless but they actually took the time to practice their killer set at length. They wanted to perform a small concert in 20 minutes (they knew they had to smash hit after hit). Despite there being no audience in the theatre, it’s clear Queen give the rehearsals their all as they prepare for the huge Live Aid concert – that unbeknownst to them, will become the most famous performance of their careers.Though the band did not like performing in daylight – and knew they would have no soundcheck to get the quality levels they wanted – they knew the concert gave them a chance to show the world what a great live band they were.

“It was our opportunity to show that it’s the music first and foremost,” said Brian May. Of all Queen’s 705 live performances, perhaps the most important was Live Aid. It enabled them to show that without all of their trappings, their own light, their own sound, the power of darkness, and only a 20 minute set, they were still able to conquer the world. Freddie said, “𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐈𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭 ! Queen completely rocked out to the 72,000 fans who were at Wembley – and the estimated 1.9 billion people watching on television from 130 countries around the world. They stole the show!Long Live Freddie and Queen