When Roger Waters Didn’t Want To Watch Mick Jagger And David Bowie


Live Aid was a benefit concert that aimed to raise money and help people during the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia, and initially, it was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. They had teamed up to create and release a single after founding a charity supergroup named Band Aid. Geldof and Ure released ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ on December 3, 1984, and it became popular and commercially successful.

The Live Aid event took place on July 13, 1985, simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia and was broadcasted live worldwide. Many legendary bands and musicians such as Sting, Phil Collins, U2, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie agreed to perform for this benefit concert. The Bowie-Jagger duet was quite different from the other performances.

Mick Jagger And David Bowie Collaborated For Live Aid


It’s been known that David Bowie and The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger had a very close and intimate relationship even though some people claimed that they were just friends. However, no one could deny their intimacy after Bowie’s first wife and model, Angie Bowie, revealed she caught them in the bed together. She highlighted that it was a one-night thing, but Ava Cherry said Bowie and Jagger were obsessed with each other.

Therefore, it can be said that Bowie and Jagger were the perfect duo to perform a song together, but they weren’t actually on the same stage. It was planned to be a transatlantic duet so Jagger would be in Philadelphia while Bowie was singing in London. However, it turned into a failed attempt because it was impossible to synchronize their performances. Therefore, they had to find a solution.

Why Roger Waters Didn’t Watch Mick Jagger And David Bowie’s Performance


After both Jagger and Bowie didn’t want to mimic the song during each other’s parts because of the delay, they decided to perform ‘Dancing in the Street,’ which was initially released by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas on July 31, 1964, in a very different way. The duo worked with music engineer David Richards to create a video of the cover, and it premiered on the screens in both London and Philadelphia alongside TV broadcasts.

Many people were waiting to watch Jagger-Bowie’s’ Dancing in the Street’ performance, and their fans were looking forward to witnessing it. However, it seems like Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters wasn’t as excited as them because he decided to have a bath instead of watching it. The musician’s bath time was revealed after the reporter asked him to share his ideas about the collaboration and his words drew great attention back then, but his fans knew that this was an ordinary day for Roger Waters.

Here’s what the journalist asked:

“What did you the thing about Bowie-Jagger thing?

Waters responded:

“I didn’t see that. I was probably having my bath.

You can check out the interview and song below.