Queen followed one of Live Aid’s signature moments and, more crucially, were taking the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, without much expectation. After a run of stylistically diverse records beginning with 1975’s career-defining A Night at the Opera, Queen had lost momentum by the early ’80s.
Their set was wedged between performances by bigger and more contemporary artists. U2 had just delivered a two-song clinic on how to command a crowd, capped by a majestic 12-minute version of “Bad,” and after Queen, David Bowie, the Who (in their first performance in three years) and Elton John were scheduled.
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