Live Aid: 25 Years ago today

Live Aid, the multi-venue charity concert, was held on July 13, 1985. It came on the heels of the charity songs “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, and “We Are The World”. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia, and was held in Wembley Stadium in London, England (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia (attended by about 99,000 people).

There were some memorable moments at the concert. I remember Madonna performing:

And Queen – one of my favorite bands of all time – gave one of the greatest preformances of all time:

Phil Collins and his mullet performed in both England and the U.S. After he performed at Wembley, he took the Concorde to get to Philadelphia:

And former members of Led Zeppelin, with Phil Collins and Chic member Tony Thompson sharing duties on drums (although they were not officially announced by their group name from the stage, but were announced as Led Zeppelin on the VH1 10th Anniversary re-broadcast in 1995).

Do you have any memories that you would like to share? Any favorite performances?

2 thoughts on “Live Aid: 25 Years ago today”

  1. I attended Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, July 13, 1985. It was the hottest day of the Summer, downright brutal, and there were water hoses turned on us in order to keep us cool.

    The performers were remarkable working in this heat. My most heartfelt moment was when Phil Collins got to Philly and performed, after leaving Wembely Stadium in London, then boarded The Concord to fly to the US. He is the only man to perform on 2 continents on the same day 🙂 I still smile about it today.

    The closing of the night with Mick Jagger and Tina Turner was REMARKABLE to say the least. “It’s only Rock and Roll but I like it.” Would I do it again? Hell Yeah!!

  2. Awesome!!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Marylou!! That must have been incredible. Just seeing one of those performers in concert would have been great. But to see so many incredible acts in one day must have been mind-blowing.

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