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The Best Performances of All Time: David Bowie @ Live Aid

I'm beginning a new column where I highlight some of the best live performances in the history of rock music. And this is the performance that inspired me to do so. 
Date: July 31, 1985
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England Tour: LIVE AID 
Setlist 1. TVC15 2. Rebel Rebel 3. Modern Love 4. Heroes
There is an elegance, an intimacy about the performance that's almost unheard of from a rockstar with a capital "R". And yet. It's a performance for the ages, reaching past the nosebleeds to the entire world - a billion viewers via satellite. It's the slow build, the hope that we can beat them, just for one day. There's roughly six minutes of perfection before we're brought back down to the dirt, but there's that sweet hope he embodies. And we kissed, as though nothing could fall.
The intimacy comes from the music's driving beat and the synthesized guitars that reach towards heaven. Bowie has the power to make you - yes, you - think he is singing just to y…