Queen's Live Aid performance in July 1985 may have clocked in at just 17 minutes, but they were 17 minutes which would both make rock history and transform the band for good.Though they'd enjoyed continued success with their platinum-selling 11th album The Works in 1984, as the mid-80s beckoned, frontman Freddie Mercury found himself disillusioned and searching for something new. When Queen performed at Live Aid, they gave the show of a lifetime.
Often called Queen's best live show, the 20-minute performance changed music forever. In 1985, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organized Live Aid in mere weeks, securing musical artists from around the world to … Queen didn’t open or close the Live Aid show. Queen’s famous set at the behemoth charity concert Live Aid plays a central role in the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” What made it … They performed just before 7pm, uncharacteristically in daylight, bookended by gigantic acts like U2, Elton John and David Bowie.