- Aug 6, 2008
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Leave it for the grown- ups
When writing your post, did you ask yourself, Why didn’t Hollywood make a movie based around Bowie’s Live Aid performance of TVC15 and three other songs?True indeed.
Bowie and his band schooled every act on BOTH Live Aid stages about how a professional conducts a cool and effortless performance. In fact, all the other acts appeared amateur, frazzled and chaotic compared to Bowie's set.
After viewing every single performance that day, my girlfriend and I both emphatically agreed that Bowie completely STOLE the entire show and made it all look like a stroll in the park with his confidence and professionalism.
Of course it's all on youtube, check it out!
Relaxed & confident in a powder blue suit - Bowie owned Live Aid.
Bohemian Rhapsody - mostly a hit movie because of the fictional plot line they went to, and all out of chronological order, in order to make it 'Hollywood' enough. Unconscionable that Roger and Brian went along with it.When writing your post, did you ask yourself, Why didn’t Hollywood make a movie based around Bowie’s Live Aid performance of TVC15 and three other songs?
Bohemian Rhapsody is the smash hit movie it is because it captures some of the spirit of Queen’s legendary Live Aid set.
I thought Bohemian Rhapsody was awesome, the songs were arranged such that it supported the story line. Brian May's (and Roger Taylor's) answer to the out-of-sync chronology ("We Weren't making a Documentary"): https://archive.blabbermouth.net/news/queens-brian-may-defends-timeline-inaccuracies-in-bohemian-rhapsody-biopic-we-werent-making-a-documentary/Bohemian Rhapsody - mostly a hit movie because of the fictional plot line they went to, and all out of chronological order, in order to make it 'Hollywood' enough. Unconscionable that Roger and Brian went along with it.
Hollywood could never touch Bowie...way too classy.
Sorry you had trouble following BoRhap. It has an 85% Rotten Tomatoes score and won a Golden Globes Best Picture and an Oscar for best actor.Bohemian Rhapsody - mostly a hit movie because of the fictional plot line they went to, and all out of chronological order, in order to make it 'Hollywood' enough. Unconscionable that Roger and Brian went along with it.
Hollywood could never touch Bowie...way too classy.
Point is, #1 means Canada has better taste, not.
I had done some preliminary research on this topic for a free-lance article on Tony (my biggest drumming influence) I was planning to write several years ago. This is basically the same story that Tony's family and some of his former Crown of Thorns bandmates relayed and I recall an interview with Jason Bonham, who was a friend of Tony, confirming a similar version. Phil wanted in on the reunion badly and had been part of the production of Plant's "Principles of the Moment" album. He was driving a lot of the "Phil plays both sides of the Atlantic" narrative as a centerpiece of the show. For those old enough to remember, Live Aid really was a huge deal in 1985. It was a Woodstock moment for GenX. Phil put the pressure on after Page and Plant had already asked Tony, and they could have asked any drummer in the world to play that gig. Tony was gracious in that MD interview, but he was privately seething. For Phil to think he could play 3 sets in London, hop on a trans-continental global flight, jump off, immediately anoint himself musical director and tell Tony how to play after only he had rehearsed the Zeppelin set, play a set with Clapton's band, ask to have his kit left onstage while he played a solo piano set of his hits in front of the curtain during the stage turnover, and then stay onstage like it was open mic night at the pub to play with the most anticipated reunion during the show in front of a packed stadium of 100,000 and global audience of 1 billion -- WITH NO REHEARSAL -- in my opinion was the height of ego and hubris.This is from an interview with TT in '85
CS: At Live Aid, you actually filledBonham's chair for the Led Zeppelin reunion. Can you tell me how that whole thing came about?
TT: Yeah, I was on the road with the Power Station in Virginia, and RobertPlant called. He said that he and JimmyPage were listening to the Power Station album, and they really enjoyed my play-ing. He wanted to know if I would considerdoing Live Aid. I kind of told them no at first, because I was really worried that we
weren't going to have a rehearsal. I waskind of leery about going on stage in front of a couple of billion people and messingup. I went to Sarasota, Florida, after that,and they kept calling. Phil Carson, whomanages Robert or something like that,said that they were willing to come to Sara-sota to rehearse with me. It finally worked out that we rehearsed the day of Live Aidin a recording studio about an hour beforewe went on.
CS: Are there any words to describe thefeeling of sitting in Bonzo's chair?
TT: For me, it was just a dream come true. It's as simple as that. They could have called any drummer in the world to playwith them, and they called me. So it was anhonor. It really was. I had such a good time in rehearsal. It was amazing. I just wish that Phil [Collins] would have come to rehearsal, because a lot of people just assume that it's easy to play that kind ofstuff. It really isn't. There were a lot ofthose Led Zeppelin tunes I had played inbar bands, and when I finally got to playwith the real guys, it was like the way I hadplayed them was totally wrong. They just showed me little things that Bonzo used todo, and it was just amazing.
CS: As a matter of fact, I read an interviewwith Plant where he was talking aboutwhen Phil Collins asked if he could sit in.Plant tried to discourage him a little and said, "Have you ever played any of those tunes?"
TT: It's not easy to play that stuff. And Ireally found that out in rehearsal. But that was the best time. We sounded so muchbetter in rehearsal than we did when we hitthe stage—so much better. 1 had a reallygood time. It was an honor, and all the guys were sweethearts. It was really great.
Interesting. i had read most of Phil's autobio and the message I got was that Plant begged him to come along, not Phil him inserting himself in the act. I see he has backed off on that....maybe revisionist history, it was decades ago.Phil really took a posthumous slag at Tony in his auto-biograpy a few years ago and chided him for taking a "heavy-handed" lead among other things. It did not land well with many people. Glad to see Phil is at least starting to walk some of it back. He was a great drummer and songwriter in his own right with a secure legacy - but that whole fiasco from him was not cool from several angles.