The historic 18-hour ‘Live Aid’ concerts were held in Philadelphia and London on…

Written by on July 13, 2018


The historic 18-hour ‘Live Aid’ concerts were held in Philadelphia and London on July 13, 1985. The concerts were done to raise money to combat the mass starvation in Ethiopia.

Performers (between the 2 venues) included The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, U2 and many, many others. Phil Collins played the show at Wembley, got on a plane and flew to the US and played the concert there.

While there, Bob Dylan made a couple of remarks before his set that would become the impetus for the Farm Aid concerts.

The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. They billed it as the “global jukebox.” There were 72,000 people at Wembly and about 100,000 at John F. Kennedy Stadium.

On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Japan, Austria, Australia and West Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.

Did any of you attend either of these concerts? And how many watched the satellite feed?

Live Aid, 33 years ago today.





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