FLASHBACK: 'LIVE AID' CONCERTS RAISE $140 MIL FOR AFRICAN RELIEF

July 13, 2018
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It was 33 years ago today (July 13th, 1985) that the Live Aid concerts took place in Philadelphia's JFK Stadium and London's Wembley Stadium. The mammoth fundraising shows were organized by then-Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof, who began the music industry's efforts to fight famine in Africa with Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" all-star single in 1984.

Live Aid featured performances by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Tina Turner with Hall & Oates, Madonna, U2, Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Queen, Eric Clapton, Sting, Elvis Costello, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan with Keith Richards and Ron Wood, David Bowie, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and scores of others. Led Zeppelin, the Who, and Black Sabbath staged one-off reunions especially for that day.

The 16-hour Live Aid marathon was watched by an estimated global audience of 1.5 billion and raised more than $140 million for famine relief.

CHECK IT OUT: Phil Collins, Sting, & Branford Marsalis on June 13th, 1985 performing "Every Breath You Take" live in London:

CHECK IT OUT: Dire Straits with Sting on July 13th, 1985 performing "Money For Nothing" live in London:

CHECK IT OUT: U2 on July 13th, 1985 performing "Bad" live in London:

CHECK IT OUT: The Who on July 13th, 1985 performing "Love Reign O'er Me" live in London:

CHECK IT OUT: Queen on July 13th, 1985 performing "Radio Ga Ga" live in London:

CHECK IT OUT: Led Zeppelin on July 13th, 1985 performing “Rock And Roll” live in Philly:

CHECK IT OUT: Paul McCartney on June 13th, 1985 performing "Let It Be" live in London:

 

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