Queen at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images) (Monochrome Edit by Kalun Townsend/LiSTNR)

Queen’s Unforgettable Live Aid Performance: Insider Reveals How They Prepared

Queen’s electrifying performance at Live Aid in July 1985 is etched in music history as one of the most iconic live shows ever. However, what many people might not realize is that the band approached this momentous event with their characteristic professionalism and dedication. Spike Edney, Queen’s esteemed live keyboard player, recently shared insights into the band’s preparation for their remarkable 17-minute set. This article explores Queen’s composed mindset, their meticulous rehearsal process, and their unwavering focus on delivering a medley of hits that captivated the world.


Queen at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

Delivering Unmatched Confidence:

Contrary to what one might expect, Spike Edney revealed that Queen remained remarkably calm and unfazed by the magnitude of Live Aid. Behind the Hits: Queen captures Spike’s recollections, shedding light on the band’s composed demeanor. Instead of succumbing to the pressure, Queen adopted a simple yet powerful mindset – to treat Live Aid like any other gig. Their ability to maintain their cool amidst the enormity of the event showcased their professionalism and unwavering confidence in their abilities.

“I can’t emphasize enough unphased they were by this whole thing”

Spike Edney, tells Behind The Hits

Focused Rehearsals:

Prior to their awe-inspiring Live Aid performance, Queen spent two days rehearsing at a London studio. Surprisingly, they required just one day to perfect their medley of hits. Spike Edney emphasizes that the band’s primary objective was to deliver the best of their big songs – the timeless hits that fans worldwide adored. Their focused approach allowed them to meticulously piece together the elements of their performance, ensuring every note, every transition, and every movement was executed flawlessly.

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Freddie Mercury of Queen performs on stage at Live Aid on July 13th, 1985 in Wembley Stadium, London, England (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)

No Room for Chest Beating:

While many artists might succumb to the pressure and engage in excessive self-assurance, Queen approached Live Aid with humility and a deep understanding of their craft. There was no chest beating or hair pulling, but rather a profound dedication to creating an unforgettable experience for the audience. Spike Edney’s account of their preparation highlights Queen’s genuine focus on delivering a performance that would resonate with fans and leave an indelible mark on music history.

The Perfect Medley:

Queen’s Live Aid setlist was meticulously crafted to showcase their greatest hits, capturing the essence of their musical prowess. With precision and attention to detail, they orchestrated a medley that would leave the audience awe-struck. Starting with an explosive opener, they strategically incorporated various sections, building up to an unforgettable finale with their iconic anthem “(We Are The) Champions.” The band’s ability to curate a performance that balanced fan favorites with impactful moments demonstrated their mastery of stagecraft.


Queen’s Live Aid performance stands as a testament to their legendary status in the music industry. Spike Edney’s insights provide a glimpse into the band’s preparation process, highlighting their calm and focused approach to delivering a remarkable show. Queen’s professionalism, unwavering confidence, and dedication to their craft allowed them to seize the Live Aid stage with unparalleled grace and leave an everlasting impact on music history. Their ability to treat this monumental event like any other gig exemplifies the true spirit of Queen – a band driven by their love for music and their unwavering commitment to their fans.

To hear the full story, tune in to Behind the Hits, where the magic of Queen’s music and Freddie’s indomitable spirit continue to inspire generations.

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