Feed the world
The goal of the Live Aid concerts was to raise money to help relieve the ongoing famine in Ethiopia, and was organized by Irish musician Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and Scotland’s Midge Ure (Ultravox) after the huge success of their “Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World)” single the previous December.
The main Live Aid concert venues were John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia (to an audience of 72,000) and Wembley Stadium in London, England (with nearly 100,000 in attendance) — however, a few broadcasts for other countries were added in, most notably INXS’ performance that day at Oz for Africa.
At the time, it was the most-watched TV broadcast ever, with an estimated 1.9 billion people tuning in from around the globe. Check out a few of the performances below!
Bob Dylan, Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood
At Live Aid in Philadelphia, the musicians were introduced by Jack Nicholson.
Beach Boys: Good Vibrations
David Bowie: Heroes
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody & Radio GaGa
Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Top photo: Live Aid at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, July 13 1985 (by Squelle)