Saturday marked the 34th anniversary of Live Aid, the all-star shows in London and Philadelphia, featuring every major act and their mother, to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
The anniversary was not lost on Queen guitarist Brian May, who writes, "As I watch the sun go down in San Francisco, I ponder how I felt on that sunset 34 years ago - after we’d played Live Aid in the old Wembley Stadium in London Town. Little did we know how those few minutes on that day would reverberate down through time. So many sunsets since then. And I know for certain that if our dear bro’ Freddie were still with us, he would, like us, still be out on the road, far from home, giving it all in pursuit of the roar of a crowd -- a crowd of folks who, like us, feel something special stirring in their bodies, and want to celebrate it.
"34 years later, why am I here? Why are we here? Because this is what we do. I’m still grateful, and somehow still 100 percent driven. Yep -- it was all worth it. Thanks for that roar, folks."
The Queen + Adam Lambert tour is in San Jose, California tonight (Sunday) and Phoenix on Tuesday.
Queen's set at Live Aid features prominently in their film, Bohemian Rhapsody, which is the U.K's biggest-selling film of 2019 so far, with just short of 1.5 million copies sold on disc and digital download since its release in February.