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Bob Geldof's Live Aid worries

Political activist Bob Geldof has revealed he was terrified he couldn't pull off Live Aid and while he didn't care if he looked ''a prat'', he didn't want to let people down.
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Bob Geldof was terrified he wouldn't be able to pull off Live Aid.

The singer-and-political activist - who organised the event alongside rocker Midge Ure on July 13 1985 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia - insists he wasn't bothered whether he looked "a prat" if it failed, but was worried about letting people down.

He told Absolute Radio's Live Aid 25 Documentary: "There were hundreds of thousands, if not millions, depending on this thing working. I didn't really give a toss that it would fall on me, of course I'd look a complete prat to the entire world, but frankly by that stage I was quite used to that.

"I'd woken up a lot at night afraid that this was going to be a disaster, like afraid of small things, like that people weren't going to show up, which in the clear light of day probably couldn't have happened.

"It sounds pious now, but I was absolutely aware of what this was about, and although it would have been a personal cock-up, I think to let down those in whose name all these people were doing it would have been criminally irresponsible."

However, the 'I Don't Like Mondays' songwriter - who helped to raise more than £150 million for charities and non-governmental organisations in Ethiopia - admitted the groundbreaking concert featuring the likes of The Who, The Beatles and Status Quo was a success "in almost every instance".

He explained: "In almost every instance, Live Aid worked. It worked artistically, it worked technically.

In terms of creating a political lobby for change, it was arguably one of the most successful. We were able to change laws which will into the future have a huge long-term effect on Africa. Not a penny, not a single penny went astray, not a single penny went to a government, every single penny as promised went to someone who needed it."

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Posted on 14 Jul 2010 07:00 to category : Music News

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