July 13th 1985. LIVE AID. The Day The Music Changed The World.
Described as the Woodstock of the eighties, LIVE AID, the world’s biggest rock festival, was organized by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof to raise money for famine relief in Africa. The event raised £40m.
The concert began on July 13, in London’s midday sunshine with a fanfare for Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Status Quo performing Rocking All over the World.
Two concerts were held simultaneously and attended by 172,000 at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Wembley was packed with a crowd of 72,000, and TV pictures, coordinated at BBC Television Centre, have been beamed to over 1.5b people in 160 countries in the biggest broadcast ever known.
In the US 22,000 pledges were received within five minutes of the Beach Boys taking to the stage in the simultaneous concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. The 16-hour music marathon is being completed there tonight with acts including Bob Dylan, Duran Duran and Paul Simon.
Live Aid eventually raised £40m. Half of the money was spent on food and half on long-term development.
And now a few things you never knew about the 1985 concert
Phil Collins appeared at both concerts thanks to being able to fly Concorde. When he arrived on the stage at Philadelphia he told them: "I was in England this afternoon. Funny old world init".
Phil Collins @ Wembley Stadium London
Phil Collins @ JFK Stadium, Philadelphia
Paula Yates stopped at a petrol station on the way to the gig to buy some flowers for Princess Diana.
A duet of Dancing in the Street by Mick Jagger and David Bowie was originally intended to happen via a live transatlantic link up but the time difference made it impossible so they recorded a video.
The Philadelphia concert featured first performance of Led Zeppelin since the death of their drummer John Bonham in 1980.
David Crosby appeared with Stills, Nash and Young at Live Aid despite being on bail for charges of drug and weapon possession.
Before taking to the stage at Wembley, the Queen's sound engineer apparently switched the limiters on the public address system, meaning they would be louder than the other acts.
During The Who's set, a red warning light at the front of the stage flashed to alert the band that their time was up so Pete Townshend smashed the light and the band played for five extra minutes.