Warner Vision International (WVI) has secured the worldwide rights to release the Live Aid concerts for the first time on DVD, November 1. WVI is a division of Warner Music International (WMI). It wil
Warner Vision International (WVI) has secured the worldwide rights to release the Live Aid concerts for the first time on DVD, November 1. WVI is a division of Warner Music International (WMI). It will issue a 4-disc package of the historic July 13, 1985 concerts after winning what it describes as a "hotly contested" bidding process.
The concerts, staged simultaneously at London's Wembley and Philadelphia's JFK stadiums, featured performances by U2, Sting, David Bowie, Elton John, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, and the Who, among others.
The package will present more than 10-hours of re-mastered footage, together with a documentary titled "Food, Trucks & Rock 'n' Roll" and footage from related events.
"It's an understatement to say that it's a great pleasure and an honor for Warner Vision to be involved in bringing all the extraordinary moments and performances that encapsulated Live Aid to DVD for the first time," comments WVI president Ray Still.
Live Aid remains the asset of the Band Aid Trust. Earlier this year, the trust agreed to auction the global rights for concerts in an attempt to foil bootleggers. The trust separately sought permission from all the artists to be included in the DVD release.
According to the trust, the original event generated more $140 million in donations and royalties for famine-decimated Africa. More than $50 million has since been raised by the Band Aid Trust in the United Kingdom alone.