Bono On Finding U2’s Live Aid Performance ‘Excruciating To Watch’

In 1985, a large live aid concert took place at Wembley Stadium, London. Many famous bands took the stage and gave record-breaking performances to raise financial support for Africa. U2 was also among the acts, experiencing one of the greatest moments of their career. However, judging from Bono’s recent chat with Billy Sloan of BBC Radio Scotland, he still can’t bear to watch this video because it was a ‘bad hair day’ for him.

“I’m that superficial sometimes,” Bono joked when the interviewer mentioned the ‘bad hair day’ comment the frontman had previously made while explaining why watching the Live Aid performance felt excruciating and humbling. “The mullet. I mean, I’m happy to own my, to some degree involvement, in that mullet, which was really a sort of do-it-yourself David Bowie. That’s what we all thought we were wearing. But a man really should not look like his hair being ironed, generally.”

He continued, “And it was an extraordinary event and of great significance and a real coming of age of U2 because there were all these white flags out there from the War tour. A lot of our audience traveled to Wembley, and it was just an amazing moment and a moment that was going to change my life. And yeah, there I am, with the mullet, but I got it there.”

The concerts held in July 1985 for African famine relief took place at London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium. There were over 75 acts at the concert, most of which were the planet’s greatest rock figures. The lineup included names like the Who, Neil Young, Queen, Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, and many more.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened the concert in London, and the second act was held in Philadelphia. The ‘superconcert,’ which lasted for 16 hours, was broadcasted by satellite to a billion viewers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Reaching their goal, they raised $127 million in total for the people in Africa.

As for U2, this was one of the most critical days in their careers. The members took the stage in London at 5:20 p.m. and had a 20-minute slot to deliver their performance. However, some claimed that Bono was drunk during the concert. In fact, he did not stick to the setlist and began to improvise the songs, forcing his bandmates to play only the same two chords for a long time. However, this didn’t turn into a disaster, as they seemed to have stolen the crowd’s hearts.