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    Default Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    I always wondered why Mj of all people wasnt there. Was it simply meant to be Freddy/Queens show to take over? Was Mj simply busy working on Bad?

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbsaber01 View Post
    I always wondered why Mj of all people wasnt there. Was it simply meant to be Freddy/Queens show to take over? Was Mj simply busy working on Bad?
    The official reason as to why MJ did not perform at the Live Aid event was because he was extremely busy working on his own projects (including his ‘Captain EO’ film) during that period.

    His publicist at the time Norman Winter gave the following explanation to The New York Times (on July 17th, 1985):

    ... [MJ] is working around the clock in the studio on a project that he's made a major commitment to… Michael is just about living in the studio, rehearsing and recording. I know, what could be more major than Live Aid, but Michael couldn't turn his back on his responsibility to the people he's working with. This affected employment for a lot of people ...” (Norman Winter)

    But many people at that time saw that as merely an excuse on MJ’s part implying that a deeper racial issue was the actual reason for his not performing there (MJ was a black artist while most of the artists were white at the Live Aid event).

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    Quote Originally Posted by mj_frenzy View Post
    The official reason as to why MJ did not perform at the Live Aid event was because he was extremely busy working on his own projects (including his ‘Captain EO’ film) during that period.

    His publicist at the time Norman Winter gave the following explanation to The New York Times (on July 17th, 1985):

    ... [MJ] is working around the clock in the studio on a project that he's made a major commitment to… Michael is just about living in the studio, rehearsing and recording. I know, what could be more major than Live Aid, but Michael couldn't turn his back on his responsibility to the people he's working with. This affected employment for a lot of people ...” (Norman Winter)

    But many people at that time saw that as merely an excuse on MJ’s part implying that a deeper racial issue was the actual reason for his not performing there (MJ was a black artist while most of the artists were white at the Live Aid event).
    Thanks for the info it does seem like MJ had alot of projects going on at that time.

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    I think it was because of all the stuff he had going on.

    I doubt it was because of some racial stuff - that should have made him say yes, so more black artists participated. So I do not think that had anything to do with it.

    This was propably one of the buissiest periods in MJ's life... - so much going on.
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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    I don't think it had nothing to do with him being black. but it was the mid 80's. Billie Jean and Thriller was still somewhat new and he was the first black artist with music videos. so he was still sort of fresh. i think Michael gets really busy once he goes solo. alot was going on during that time as well. so nah. i don't think it was his race he didn't perform. just busy doing other things such as captain eo.



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    MJ at Live Aid would have been huge, man. I can picture him in my mind performing Can You Feel It and ending with Billie Jean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulkamaniac View Post
    MJ at Live Aid would have been huge, man. I can picture him in my mind performing Can You Feel It and ending with Billie Jean.
    Agreed. Imagine MJ and Queen performing together. That would have made an already epic moment in music history even better. Its unfortunate they didnt have more time together.

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    He was busy with Captain EO, what would become Bad, and business dealings like buying a certain publishing company....

    He also felt he was overexposed in the public

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    Some black artists were not invited to participate. So Michael also refused the invitation. Solidarity.
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    probably thought what a twat/fake geldolf is
    or , was just busy

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    [QUOTE=Robbsaber01;4263674]Agreed. Imagine MJ and Queen performing together. That would have made an already epic moment in music history even better. Its unfortunate they didnt have more time together.[/QUOTE

    Imagine MJ singing Another One Bites The Dust with Freddie. Epic!!!!

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    Default Re: Why didnt Mj perform at Live Aid?

    What's all this no black artists were invited? I have Live Aid on DVD and there's several like Teddy Pendergrass, which was one of his first performances after being paralyzed. There's also:

    B.B. King
    Run DMC
    Ashford & Simpson
    Sade
    Nile Rodgers (from Chic)
    Tina Turner (she sang State Of Shock with Mick Jagger)
    Albert Collins
    Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin (former members of The Temptations)
    Patti Labelle
    Joe Leeway of The Thompson Twins is black

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuranDuran View Post
    Tina Turner (she sang State Of Shock with Mick Jagger)
    Thanks, never saw this before.


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