Queen reveals they wanted to be a part of Band Aid but missed out

News 19/12/2019

Band Aid's iconic Christmas song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is one of the most iconic Christmas songs ever released and is chockfull of so many iconic artists of the era.

The charity supergroup featured mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia.

And while all sorts of incredible artists, including George Michael, Bono and Paul McCartney, there were a few who weren't included in a line-up - Queen and Freddie Mercury being one of them.

Despite them later taking part in Bob Geldof's spinoff project Live Aid, Queen wasn't included in Band Aid even though they apparently wanted to be.

In an unearthed interview held soon before Live Aid, Queen spoke of taking part in the show, and how they were disappointed to not feature in Band Aid.

When asked if they signed up for Band Aid for the cause or the spectacle, the band said it was a "bit of both".

"I think it's a very good cause, and initially we would have liked to have taken part in the Band Aid single, but I think we were at separate parts of the globe," said Freddie Mercury.

"And so the second bash at it was this thing, and also the fact that the biggest and best known groups are taking part, then why not us?"

He added: "It makes me personally proud to be part of it, actually."