LONDON — Warner Vision Intl. has won the rights to release the long-awaited DVD of 1985’s Live Aid, the biggest concert in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Having long insisted that they would not allow TV reruns or a video release of the concert footage, Live Aid organizers led by Bob Geldof changed their minds earlier this year after pirate copies turned up on the Internet.
Warner will put out the historic four-disc Live Aid set on Nov. 1 worldwide.
Concert, which took place July 13, 1985, in London and Philadelphia, was seen by more than 1.5 billion TV viewers and raised over $140 million to fight famine in Africa. It featured the biggest rock and pop acts of the time, including U2, Sting, David Bowie, Elton John, George Michael, the Who, Madonna, Queen, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins and many, many more.
Permission for the DVD had to be sought individually from each artist, since the eventuality of a release was never anticipated at the time.