Queen keyboardist Spike Edney recalled the band's epic 1985 Live Aid performance. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Edney said that the performance was “just common sense” and he couldn't believe other acts didn't take the same approach.
Edney explained, “It’s only in hindsight that everything seems to be so big, important and iconic. At the time, we were match-fit and ready to to play. … What can we do in 20 minutes? Well, Queen were famous for doing medleys, so it was obvious we’d do a big medley. We said, ‘What are the biggest hits? What’s the crowd going to love? They’re going to love ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Radio Gaga’ because that’s the big song from the tour.’ Once we sat there and joined up the running order they were going to go, it pretty much just took care of itself. … I hate to sort of disappoint everybody. There was no master plan. It was just common sense.”
He added that he was surprised to be “watching all these other lame bands not doing what we did, not shoehorning as many of their biggest songs into the actual set. … Everyone else seemed to miss the point.”