Adam Ant, a firm favourite here at Louder Than War not just for his music but his last of punks outspokeness has taken a dig at Live Aid branding the global fundraising concerts a “mistake” and a “waste of time”.
Adam himself appeared on the bill at the London leg of the worldwide co-ordinated shows in 1985, but was restricted to one song by organizer Bob Geldof, this has made him feel aggrieved but he also has other points to make about the concert, which whilst raising plenty of money for a genuine good cause was also the point at which music started to dress in pastel shades and become uber mainstream.
Now he’s taken aim at the former Boomtown Rats frontman over the event – held to aid famine victims in Africa – and blamed him for “the end of rock ‘n’ roll” and the success of U2.
Asked to comment on a famous photograph of himself and Geldof together prior to Live Aid, Ant tells Uncut magazine, “That was when I was asked by Sir Bob to promote this concert. They had no idea they could sell it out. Then in Bob’s book he said, ‘Adam was over the hill so I let him have one number.’ One thing I’d like to do (in the photo) is kick him up the a**e.
“Doing that show was the biggest f**king mistake in the world. Knighthoods were made, Bono got it made, and it was a waste of f**king time. It was the end of rock ‘n’ roll, now hippies run the world, like f**king (British festival) Glastonbury… I hate hippies.”
Is Adam right?
Was Live Aid a genuine charity gig or were a lot of the bands reviving careers?
were anarchist band and friends of Crass, Chumbawumba correct with their ‘pictures of starving children sell records’ album cover?