Live Aid: Freddie Mercury warms up the crowd in 1985

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This week’s episode of Queen The Greatest looks back at the band’s most iconic performance. On July 13th, 1985, Queen joined other rock legends performing at Live Aid, a charity concert raising awareness and money for the Ethiopian famine. But before the show, Freddie Mercury thought it would be “chaotic” with band rivalry “friction”.

In a throwback interview, Freddie Mercury is heard saying: “I think it’s going to be chaotic, yes, it has to be. I mean we’re the nice part of it actually, there’ll be lots of friction and we’re all going to try and outdo each other I guess.”

Of course, on the actual day, such thoughts of rivalry vanished and egos were put aside for the memorable charity gig.

Even so, it was clear Queen really stood out from the crowd of performing artists with their 20 minute set.

Brian May said before Live Aid: “It’s pretty hard to make the choice [which songs to do].”

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