Participants in YU Rock Misija during the recording of the video for the song "Za milion godina"
YU Rock Misija (trans. YU Rock Mission) was the contribution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to Bob Geldof's Band Aid campaign which culminated with the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985. The contribution by YU Rock Misija included the recording of a charity single "Za milion godina" and a charity concert held at Red Star Stadium on June 15, 1985.
In an interview for the documentary series Rockovnik rock critic Peca Popović stated:
||YU Rock Misija was our response to what was going on at the end of 1984 and the beginning of 1985, when the action of solidarity with the hungry in Africa was started. On the global level, it was done by Bob Geldof. On the local level, some people on 1984 Opatija Festival agreed to do something. They made an agreement, but they weren't sure what should they do, so some of them came to ask me what I thought. I said: It's simple, we should make a record, release it with Rock magazine, sell it in the number of copies Rock is printed in, and make a concert.
"Za milion godina" 
The song, entitled "Za milion godina" ("For a Million Years") was composed by former Generacija 5 keyboardist and leader Dragan Ilić, and the lyrics were written by Mladen Popović, who had previously written lyrics for Denis & Denis, Oliver Mandić and other acts, and was, at the time, an editor of the show Hit meseca (Hit of the Month).
In an interview for Rockovnik, Ilić stated:
||Thanks to the support of the institutions, mainly Radio Television of Belgrade and PGP-RTB, we made the song, [...] and we gathered literally the best in former Yugoslavia, and in three days we did the video, the music, the arrangements.
A large number of musicians took part in the recording, mostly as vocalists. The song was played by Ilić (keyboards), his former bandmates from Generacija 5, Dragan Jovanović (guitar), Dušan Petrović (bass guitar) and Slobodan Đorđević (drums), and Vlatko Stefanovski of Leb i Sol (guitar solo). Prominent artists who openly refused to take part in the Yugoslav Band Aid were Bora Đorđević and Goran Bregović, leaders of Riblja Čorba and Bijelo Dugme respectively, two most popular Yugoslav bands at the time. However, both of them, alongside Bijelo Dugme vocalist Mladen Vojičić "Tifa", appeared on the video recording, and can be seen in a video for the song.
The song was produced by Saša Habić. It was released on a 7" single, with the instrumental version of the song as the B-side, with an issue of the magazine Rock. The cover was designed by cartoonist and designer Jugoslav Vlahović.
Additional personnel 
The corresponding charity concert was held on Red Star Stadium on June 15, 1985, a little less than a month before Live Aid. Beside the musicians who participated in the song recording and the bands they were members of, other acts performed as well. The concert lasted eight hours and was broadcast live by Radio Television of Belgrade. In an interview for Rockovnik, Dubravka Marković, an editor of the show Hit meseca, stated about the concert:
||We had problems with the weather. It was raining, then it stopped. The second problem was that the management of the Red Star Stadium did not allow the crowd to get out on the pitch, so the audience and the performers shouted at each others.
Bajaga i Instruktori frontman Momčilo Bajagić stated about the concert:
||They didn't allow the audience to step on the grass, so we [the performers] were on the west side of the stadium, and the audience was on the east. Which was a great solution, because we were looking at the field, and didn't even see if there was anybody on the other side, and the echo was so huge, I remember that Milić Vukašinović said a swear word while we were on air, because he thought someone turned on delay. When you would say "good evening", it was heard on the east as "good evening, good evening, good evening, good evening".
Vukašinović, who was performing with his band Vatreni Poljubac, stopped performing in the middle of the song "Živio Rock 'n' Roll" ("Long Live Rock 'n' Roll") and said into the microphone: "It's not good... Fuck it, it's not good!".
Airing during Live Aid 
The song, alongside a corresponding message from Belgrade, was aired on Wembley Stadium during Live Aid concert, between Run–D.M.C. and Black Sabbath performances in Philadelphia.
Serbian critic Dimitrije Vojnov named "Za milion godina" one of ten most important records in the history of Yugoslav rock music.
The piano version of "Za milion godina" appeared at the end of the last episode of the documentary series Rockovnik, where it follows footages of former Yugoslav rock acts.
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