Booze, Beer, Drugs And Weapons Will Be Barred From Live Aid Concert
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Everybody and everything will be searched when a sold-out crowd of 90,000 people enters John F. Kennedy Stadium for Saturday’s daylong Live Aid rock concert to raise money for drought-stricken Africa.
Alcohol, beer, drugs and weapons will be barred, as will anyone who appears intoxicated, even if he has a ticket. Food will be allowed but only in small plastic containers and paper bags.
″The search includes parcels, bags and persons,″ said Terrence McKinney, vice president of SpectaGuard, which will have 500 yellow-shirted employees at the gates, in the stands and on the field.
If any trouble develops, McKinney’s guards will be in radio communication with police outside the stadium who would make any arrests. But he said he isn’t expecting any problems beyond some medical ones caused by heat.
″I think because of how it’s being presented, it should run smoothly,″ McKinney said.
Live Aid is billed as the world’s biggest concert, with simultaneous performances by some of the world’s top stars going on at JFK and in London’s Wembley Stadium where fans have bought all 72,000 available tickets. The televised concert will be available by satellite around the world.
In England the extravanganza to aid starving millions in drought-stricken Africa begins at 7 a.m., while the action starts here two hours later and goes on until midnight - perhaps longer, if there is any delay in putting on some of the 39 scheduled acts.
One fan was already waiting outside JFK on Wednesday, while hundreds of workmen inside were putting the finishing touches on a 100-foot, two-tier stage and erected huge television screens to show the London events.
Bernard Watson, 18, of Miami Beach, Fla., a budding singer and songwriter, has been camped out on the JFK lot since last Friday and hopes he may be able to sing the national anthem.
He said promoter Bill Graham hasn’t turned him down - yet.
″I have a lyric that goes ‘I’m gonna get lucky or I’m gonna die trying,’ and that’s just what I intend to do,″ he said. ″You got to be dedicated to make it.″
The entire concert will be carried nationally on cable’s MTV channel.
Tony Verna, who has directed Super Bowls, the Olympics and Kentucky Derby broadcasts, is handling the three-hour, prime-time version of the 17-hour show that ABC will telecast starting at 8 p.m.
Not only will Verna mix live performances here with satellite shots from London, but he’ll have feeds from the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, ″and even Russia″ that will provide fan reaction.
Opening the action in America’s fifth largest city will be actor Jack Nicholson, who will introduce singer Joan Baez. Prince Charles and Princess Diana will open the benefit concert in London.
After Ms. Baez in the 9 a.m. to noon segment come the Hooters; REO Speedwagon; Rick Springfield; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Judas priest; Billy Ocean; the Four Tops; Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne and Run-D.M.C.
From noon to 5 p.m. the schedule includes Santana with Pat Metheny; the Thompson Twins; the Pretenders; Ashford & Simpson; Teddy Pendergrass; Bryan Adams; the Beach Boys; Simple Minds, and Tears for Fears.
From 5 to 8 p.m. it’s Neil Young; Kenny Loggins; the Cars; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Phil Collins; the Power Station and Eric Clapton.
The final segment opens with Madonna followed by Rod Stewart; Duran Duran; Hall & Oates with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin of the Temptations; Patti LaBelle; Mick Jagger with Tina Turner and winds up with Bob Dylan.