Live Aid: Bob Geldof draws a sober conclusion on the 35th anniversary

Bob Geldof was considered a figure of hope from 1985 thanks to the "Live Aid" aid concerts. For the 35th anniversary, he struck dark tones.

In addition to his music, Bob Geldof (68) also became famous for the fact that he launched the "Live Aid" concert series in 1985, in which many international music stars took part in order to collect donations for a good cause. The occasion was the famine that was rampant in Ethiopia at the time, with around 1.5 billion viewers watching the TV sets when David Bowie (1947-2016, "Heroes"), Queen ("Radio Ga Ga"), Madonna (61, "Like a Prayer "), Elton John (71," Rocket Man ") and Co. included. To mark the 35th anniversary of the event on July 13, the musician is issuing a devastating testimony to the efforts of his generation.

Geldof deeply disappointed

"My generation has failed," said Geldof of the "Bild am Sonntag". He was especially disappointed with those who shaped politics, which is why he now avoided this topic with his children. "It took 20 years for us to have something of an agenda. I negotiated with Putin, Schroeder, Clinton and David Cameron. In the end, only communiqu├ęs and compromises came out," Geldof summarizes the recent decades soberly.

Geldof also seems to have little hope for the future: "We have chosen Trump, we have allowed nothing to be done about climate change. It is over and over."

Could you have known everything?

The extent to which Geldof acknowledges complicity in failure does not emerge from the interview. The "Live Aid" concerts had been criticized since the 1980s, warning against using the money raised to reinforce the problem that one wanted to fight. The American music magazine "Spin", for example, published a critical article on its 30th anniversary, which it published in print in 1986. At the time, journalist Robert Keating warned of the failure conjured up by Geldof.