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Ironically, despite giving what many consider the greatest performance of the event, Queen's involvement was criticized by the music magazine NME and some other musicians, including Daryl Hall, as the band had recently broken the cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa by playing a series of concerts at Sun City, which had resulted in the band being fined by the Musicians' Union and placed on a United Nations blacklist.
It was the most electrifying feeling, being there - no other reason than the cause. I wish I could do even more.
In its original form, the concert ran 16 hours. There were two versions of the U.S. telecast - one incarnation aired complete on MTV, another produced by ABC was in two parts, part one (the first eleven hours) airing in syndication, part two (the final three hours) airing on ABC. In any case, the DVD version is edited to ten hours, leaving out many key performances, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Power Station, The Hooters, The Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Bernard Watson, Santana, and Led Zeppelin. The DVD version also contains an aurally altered version of Paul McCartney's performance of "Let It Be" (due to a microphone problem in the first half of the song, McCartney had to re-record his vocals twenty years after the fact so that it could be included on the DVD).