RELIVE IT; Politicians Are Planning a Sequel to Live Aid in Return for Entertaining U2 Rocker Bono's Request to Help Clear a Large Part of the Third World's Debt. but If It Got off the Ground, Who Will Be in It? Pop Editor JOHN DINGWALL Unveils His Fantasy Line-Up
Byline: JOHN DINGWALL
ALMOST 20 years ago, the top names in pop and rock were bullied, cajoled and persuaded to take part in the biggest global music event ever staged.
Queen, David Bowie, Sting, U2 and Duran Duran rocked a packed and sunshine-drenched Wembley Stadium as part of a 16-hour spectacular which raised pounds 100million for African famine relief.
There has never been anything as big as Live Aid since until now, with talk of staging a sequel on the 20th anniversary next year.
U2 frontman Bono's drive to eradicate Third World debt has galvanised politicians, who want to see it linked to a new Live Aid.
There is no doubt that Live Aid II could raise a staggering pounds 1billion from live concerts, CD and DVD retail spin-offs, merchandising, global TV rights and donations.
Sir Bob Geldof who almost single-handedly got the event off the ground in 1985 yesterday told the Record he was not involved in plans for a sequel.
But without his driving force and heartfelt pleas to 'Give us your f****** money' would a second global gig be the same success?
Ideal This time around, we could offer Oasis, Sir Elton John, Radiohead, Travis and Coldplay and get Sting to reform The Police.
Our US cousins could come up with Madonna, Eminem, REM, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera.
All the event needs is a big name to front it and David Bowie would be the ideal man.
Back in 1985, the legendary star was so knocked out by the success of the charity event, he wanted Live Aid to be staged annually.
Bowie said: 'This has to become an annual event. It really does. I think a lot of us would pledge to do a show like this every year.'
There is no doubt, Bowie has the respect and the contacts to persuade other rock and pop stars to help him become the Man Who Fed The World rather than the Man Who Sold The World. …