Live Aid: 10 Must-Watch Performances
Live Aid, the day the music changed the world, took place 36 years ago today (July 13.)
The legendary benefit show emanated from Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. It helped raise more than $125 million for African famine relief efforts and was broadcast live in 110 countries and was watched by over a billion people worldwide.
In honor of its anniversary, take a look at these ten must-watch performances.
Mick Jagger & Tina Turner
There were a number of collaborations that took part during Live Aid, but the one with the most chemistry was clearly when Jagger and Turner performed “State Of Shock/It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).”
Still two years away from their major breakthrough with The Joshua Tree, U2 showed the world their performance power with “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Bad” and in the process made the enormity of Wembley Stadium feel like an intimate setting.
Bowie delivered with a tight four-song set that included “TVC 15,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Modern Love” and “Heroes.”
The Cars took to the stage at JFK Stadium with a killer set that included “You Might Think,” “Drive,” “Just What I Needed” and “Heartbeat City.”
Two months prior to Live Aid, Dire Straits released their fifth studio album, Brothers In Arms. One month prior to Live Aid, the band launched the album’s second single, “Money for Nothing” featuring Sting. So, understandably, when Sting joined the band for “Money for Nothing” at Live aid, the crowd went wild.
The most metal moment to happen during Live Aid was when Judas Priest crushed it at JFK Stadium. Kudos to them for wearing all that leather during the ungodly heat.
By the time Live Aid took place, Madonna was one of the biggest, if not the biggest pop star in the world thanks to the release of Like a Virgin, which had been out for nine months.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers made the most of their time on stage with a packed four-song set of “American Girl,” “The Waiting,” “Rebels” and Refugee.
McCartney was joined on stage by Alison Moyet, David Bowie, Pete Townshend and Bob Geldof to perform the Beatles classic “Let It Be.”
Last but definitely not least is Queen, who ruled the day with what would become one of the best live performances in music history. And 36 years later, few have touched the magic Queen created on stage at Live Aid.
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