From Planet Rock.
After the Coldstream Guards band opened with the Royal Salute and a brief version of ‘God Save the Queen’, at one minute past midday on a gloriously sunny Saturday 13th July 1985, Status Quo were the first band to grace the Wembley stage.
Live Aid was Status Quo’s first concert since the conclusion of the End of the Road Tour in Milton Keynes in July 1984, which, in Francis Rossi’s own words, ended with everybody “coked-up and hating each other.”
Despite these fraught tensions within the band, Status Quo triumphed during their 14-minute set at Live Aid and had the 72,000 strong Wembley crowd bouncing as they performed ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’.
Ultimately it proved to be Status Quo’s only show of 1985 and their final gig with bassist Alan Lancaster (except the reunion Frantic Four tour in 2013-2014) and drummer Peter Kircher in their ranks.
Reflecting upon Live Aid on the event’s 35th anniversary today, Francis Rossi said:
“Whenever Quo step onto a stage we strive to give it our best, no one audience or gig is more important than another to the band, but it is undeniable that the 13th of July 1985 was special. There were serious tensions in the band at the time, I arrived in some ways wondering how I’d been persuaded to turn up.
“Some of the other acts were interested in who was going to play last, to headline, whilst we decided to go on first so that we could be done and dusted. Turned out to be a great decision, it was Quo’s music that kicked things off as seemingly the whole world’s attention came to bear to on what Live Aid was trying to communicate.
“It was over in a flash and, whilst I’m not one for nostalgia or dwelling on past glories, at the time it felt important and thirty-five years later it still does.”
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- Status Quo - Rain - Inj - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jul-2020 16:18)on August 5, 2020 at 1:56 am
STATUS QUO Rain (1976 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including You Lost The Love, Phonogram company die cut paper sleeve)
- Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World - EX - Japanese - vinyl LP - Promo - £85.00, $106.25, €95.20 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 09:15)on August 5, 2020 at 1:56 am
STATUS QUO Rockin' All Over The World (1977 Japanese promotional sample 12-track LP with custom black on white labels, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve complete with illustrated inner, Japanese/lyric insert & 'Rock Company' obi-strip. The packaging is Excellent & shows the lightest bit of shelf wear, the vinyl is nice & clean & grades EX- revealing some light paper hairline scuffs visible under a bright light which do not affect play RJ-7323)
- Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas - 1985 - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.74, €7.83 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2020 14:49)on August 5, 2020 at 1:56 am
BAND AID Do They Know It's Christmas (1985 UK injection label 7" vinyl single, also includes One Year On Feed The World, released one year after the Band Aid fund began, picture sleeve FEED1)
- Status Quo - On The Level - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jul-2020 14:32)on August 5, 2020 at 1:56 am
STATUS QUO On The Level (1975 UK 10-track LP, complete with lyric inner, textured gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl looks barely played)
- Status Quo - Hello! - Complete - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $50.00, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2020 15:17)on August 5, 2020 at 1:56 am
STATUS QUO Hello! (1973 UK 8-track vinyl LP on the 'spaceship' Vertigo label, their sixth studio album including the classic hit Caroline. The silver embossed picture sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear to the edges and comes complete with lyric inner which has a little age yellowing plus the rare 32" x 22" fold-out poster while the vinyl looks barely played - A nice complete copy!)