Photo: Alfred Weidinger from Vienna, Austria

Bob Geldof Turns ‘Live Aid’ Into A Stage Musical

Word from Britain is that in 2024 Bob Geldof will bring the story of Live Aid to the London stage.

In an effort to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, the 1985 concerts were organized by Geldof and fellow musician Midge Ure, which led to their staging huge stadium gigs with multiple artists for charitable causes.

Titled Just For One Day and staged at London’s Old Vic Theatre from January 26 to March 30, the forthcoming musical promises to feature songs by Queen, U2, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting – each of whom performed at Wembley Stadium that legendary day.

Instead of a tribute show, Geldof told the BBC that fans should expect a stage musical about his and others’ experiences organizing the massive gig.

“This isn’t a tribute thing. I wouldn’t have anything to do with that. So, there isn’t a person dressed up as Freddie (Mercury) wearing a c**p moustache. The songs drive the drama along,” said the former Boomtown Rats vocalist. “The story is based on actual testimony from the day. It’s real people telling their story throughout this. So it’s complex theatre.”

Originally conceived by John O’Farrell (the comedian/writer behind the Mrs Doubtfire musical,) and Luke Sheppard, (who directed the musical & Juliet, featuring the songs of Max Martin,) Just For One Day was made with the permission of the Band Aid Charitable Trust who will receive 10 per cent of every ticket sale. It was

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Alfred Weidinger from Vienna, Austria