Thirty years ago today, 1.5 billion people sat in front of their television sets, waiting for the revolution to be televised.
The revolution, which was called Live Aid, was being conducted on two concert stages in London and Philadelphia and then bounced across various satellites to 150 countries, an unprecedented procedure executed with the intent of raising humanitarian aid for famine victims in Ethiopia. There had been a couple of colossal T.V. moments but this was to be the largest by a mile, not only that year but in the entire history of the medium.
Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985. The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and 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.
Who played? Who DIDN’T?
Crosby, Still & Nash
The Beach Boys
Dire Straits & Sting
George Thorogood & the Destroyers / Bo Diddley / Albert Collins
David Bowie / Mick Jagger ( video)
Santana / Pat Metheny
Elton John / Kiki Dee / Wham!
Freddie Mercury / Brian May
McCartney / Bowie / Pete Townshend / Alison Moyet / Bob Geldof
Robert Plant /Jimmy Page / John Paul Jones
Mick Jagger / Tina Turner
Bob Dylan / Keith Richards / Ron Wood
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in front of 100,000 people. This will put the hair up on the back of your neck….