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Concert organizers have subsequently said they were particularly keen to ensure at least one surviving member of The Beatles, ideally Paul Mc Cartney, took part in the concert as they felt that having an 'elder statesman' from British music would give it greater legitimacy in the eyes of the political leaders whose opinions the performers were trying to shape.
Mc Cartney agreed to perform and has said it was "the management" – his children – who persuaded him to take part.
On top of this, both artists objected to the idea of miming at what was perceived as a historic event.
Instead, Jagger and Bowie worked with Richards to create a video clip of the song they would have performed, a cover of "Dancing in the Street", which was shown on the screens of both stadiums and broadcast as part of many TV networks coverage.
Each of the two main parts of the concert ended with their particular continental all-star anti-hunger anthems, with Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?
" closing the UK concert, and USA for Africa's "We Are the World" closing the US concert (and thus the entire event itself).
Verna designed the needed satellite schematic and became the Executive Director as well as the Co-Executive Producer along with Hal Uplinger.
On the final night at Wembley, Saturday 22 December 1984, an impromptu gathering of some of the other artists from Band Aid joined Culture Club on stage at the end of the concert for an encore of "Do They Know It's Christmas? George was so overcome by the occasion he told Geldof that they should consider organising a benefit concert.The idea to stage a charity concert to raise more funds for Ethiopia originally came from Boy George, the lead singer of Culture Club.George and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss had taken part in the recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?""The show should be as big as is humanly possible.There's no point just 5,000 fans turning up at Wembley; we need to have Wembley linked with Madison Square Gardens and the whole show to be televised worldwide.