Rock on with new Live Aid

July 14, 2017

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reunited for the 1985 Live Aid show.

Live Aid 85 features a troupe of tribute artists who recreate the performances of superstars such as U2, Queen, David Bowie, The Who and more.

A chance to re-live the spirit of Live-Aid 1985 and its massive line-up of rock stars is on offer at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre next weekend.

Live Aid 85 — The Tribute recreates the highlights of the famous concert held simultaneously at London’s Wembley Stadium and at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, on July13, 1985, to raise money for the Ethiopian famine of that year.

Next Saturday, a troupe of Australian performers will take to the Eastbank stage to pay tribute to the original stars and to raise money for FamilyCare in Shepparton.

FamilyCare chief executive David Tennant encouraged everyone to attend the revival, which, he said, he was very much looking forward to himself.

‘‘For some of us, it feels like yesterday,’’ he said.

‘‘It’ll be good fun; I’m really looking forward to it.’’

Mr Tennant said FamilyCare was incredibly grateful for the support from the tribute show as well as Riverlinks for connecting the two of them.

‘‘The thing that’s lovely about this model is that they go into communities and share in the sales with local organisations,’’ he said.

‘‘Which, I think, links really nicely with the original Live-Aid concerts.’’

Mr Tennant said the funding would go toward a number of immediate projects, including enhancing its facility in Shepparton.

The show features a revolving door of Aussie musicians playing the roles of Queen, David Bowie, U2, Elton John, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney. Australian performer Jonny Gardiner, who plays the role of Freddie Mercury, said it was going to be a unique show.

‘‘This is a rock’n’roll show like no other. Not many shows feature a set list including two of the greatest rock songs of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven,’’ he said.

‘‘Our cast are among the best tribute artists you’ll see anywhere in the world. Aside from the uncanny resemblances, we use replica instruments, staging and costumes that were seen on the day. This show has the audience up dancing in the aisles from the get go. You will be amazed at how well the whole cast morphs between characters and instruments during the show.’’

Live Aid — The Tribute is at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre from 8pm on Saturday, July 22. Full price tickets are $59 and are available from riverlinks venues.com.au or at the Riverlinks box office on 58329511.

Organisers will donate $5 from every ticket sold to FamilyCare in Shepparton.

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