Live-Aid "My Generation" performance (partially lost live performance; 1985)

"My Generation" Live-Aid 1985 performance
MTV footage of the music festival.
MTV footage of the music festival.
Status Partially Lost

Live-Aid was a music festival who's goal was to raise relief money to help the 1984 famine in Ethiopia, with the help of many famous musicians, including David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Paul McCartney.

It was also laden with technical issues, including a power failure in the middle of The Who's performance of My Generation, causing the video feed and the main audio feed to be lost, though many US radio stations broadcasted a lower quality mirror feed after the cut.

The backup still took a few seconds to set up and, due to how radio works, took several seconds for the radio signal to cross the Atlantic, so a small portion of the audio and a large portion of the video remains lost to this day.


Combined video and audio feeds.
Footage of the incident live.
Footage of the incident live on MTV's end.
Inteview with the engineers on the incident.



Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
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Shouldn't this be 'Partially Lost' instead of 'Partially Found'? Most of it is here...

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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how far we've come... if it happened today, someone would just livestream their iPhone.... ;)
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