November 9, 2004

SIRIUS Satellite Radio To Premiere Music From Historic 1985 Live Aid Benefit Concert

Special program will be presented by original MTV VJs and SIRIUS on-air hosts Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood on Big ‘80s channel

NEW YORK, NY (Nov. 9, 2004) – SIRIUS Satellite Radio will premiere tracks from the new Live Aid concert film on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14, before the film is available on DVD at retail on November 16.

In addition, original MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood, who are hosts on commercial-free SIRIUS music channel Big ‘80s, will provide their personal recollections from the July 13, 1985 event, as part of the special Live Aid Replayed broadcast on SIRIUS, starting at 12 pm ET on Big ‘80s, channel 8.

Live Aid was the biggest event in music history, presenting the biggest names in pop and rock music performing live from two continents to a televised audience of more than 1.5 billion to raise money to combat famine in Ethiopia. The stages of Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA together featured more than 60 artists, including Paul McCartney, Madonna, Sting, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger, U2, Pretenders, Queen, Neil Young, Duran Duran and Elton John, to name a few.

As MTV VJs at the time, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood were an integral part of the live MTV broadcast of the event from Philadelphia. A highlight of Live Aid Replayed on SIRIUS will be their unique insights and memories of the event, its performers and its impact.

The new Live Aid DVD box set on Rhino features 10 hours of footage from the concerts. According to the booklet that accompanies the box set, Live Aid founder Bob Geldof was wary of the performances being filmed, and they’ve never been released in nearly 20 years. But organizers decided to authorize the DVD after realizing that illegal copies were being circulated, with no money going to charity. Royalties from sales of the Live Aid box set will go to the Band Aid Trust, which still exists to relieve poverty and hunger in Ethiopia and the surrounding area.

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