More On Live Aid Dvd
In a move that may start the ball rolling for the biggest selling music DVD of all time, Sir Bob Geldof has announced plans to produce an official Live Aid DVD. The decision has come after Geldof discovered pirate copies of the concert footage being sold online.
The DVD is set for a release next Christmas with Geldof hoping the product will raise “a few million pounds” for charity almost 20 years after the original 1985 event took place.
Organisers have decided to auction the rights to release the DVD of Live Aid, which has never come out on CD, VHS or DVD. While the successful bidder will have to gain the permission of all performing artists, and will face a huge editing and post-production workload at enormous expense, the DVD is almost guaranteed to become one of the biggest selling of all time.
Geldof, the original Live Aid organiser, led police to the alleged music pirate last week. The man of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, is accused of selling DVDs of the charity concert as a 10-disc set on sale for £110.
BPI Director of Anti-Piracy, Dave Martin, said Geldof was “really sickened” to find the DVDs on sale telling the BBC that “I think he [Geldof] felt really sickened by the fact that somebody was making money from these DVDs that should have been going to charity.”
The man has been subsequently arrested and bailed without charge pending further enquiries.
If all the artists involved give their permission for their footage to be used, and the 16-hour multi-venue concert is presented in full, it will include performances by the following stellar line-up of artists
Status Quo, The Style Council, The Boomtown Rats, Adam Ant, INXS, Dragon, Men At Work, Little River Band, Ultrvox, Spandau Ballet, Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, Nik Kershaw, The Four Tops, BB King, Billy Ocean, Sade, Black Sabbath, Run DMC, Sting, Phil Collins, Sting, Rick Springfield, Howard Jones, Bryan Ferry, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Judas Priest, Paul Young, Alison Moyet, Bryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Dire Straits, Queen, David Bowie, Simple Minds, The Pretenders, The Who, Santana, Elton John, Wham!, Kool and the Gang, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kenny Loggins, The Cars, Neil Young, Power Station, Thompson Twins, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Keith Richards plus masses of other world-wide tributes.
Source: Xfm online