40 Years in 40 Days: 1985

Live-Aid was the only thing that mattered in 1985. I watched from my living room. The whole thing. It was the first time I felt immersed in music.

From Wikipedia:

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).[1] 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.[2]

Here is the roster of artists (from @u2.com):

Status Quo (London, 12 p.m.)
Style Council
Boomtown Rats
Adam Ant
INXS (from Melbourne, but played at approximately 1 p.m. in London)
Spandau Ballet

(Philly begins at this point!)
P – Joan Baez (Philly 9 a.m./London 2 p.m.)
L – Elvis Costello
P – The Hooters
Opus (from Vienna)
L – Nik Kershaw
P – The Four Tops
B.B. King (from The Hague)
P – Billy Ocean
P – Ozzy Osbourne
P – Run DMC (Philly 10:15 a.m./3:15 p.m. London)
Yu Rock Mission (from Belgrade)
L – Sade
L – Sting (3:15 p.m. London/10:15 a.m. Philly) (same as Run DMC)
P – Rick Springfield
L – Phil Collins
P – REO Speedwagon
L – Howard Jones
Autograph (from Moscow)
L – Bryan Ferry (4:10 p.m. London/11:10 a.m. in Philly)
P – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Udo Lindenburgh (from Cologne)
P – Judas Priest (Philly 11:26 a.m./4:26 p.m. in London)
L – Paul Young (London 4:40 p.m./11:40 a.m. in Philly)
L – Bob Geldof welcomes America (5 p.m. in London/noon in Philly)
P – Bryan Adams (12:02 p.m. in Philly/5:02 p.m. in London)
L – U2 (5:20 p.m. in London/12:20 p.m. in Philly)
P – The Beach Boys (12:40 p.m. in Philly/5:40 p.m. in London)
L – Dire Straits/Sting (6 p.m. in London/1 p.m. in Philly)
P – G. Thorogood/Bo Diddley/Albert Collins
L – Queen (6:44 p.m. in London/1:44 p.m. in Philly)
David Bowie/Mick Jagger (on video)
P – Simple Minds
L – David Bowie
P – The Pretenders
L – The Who (8 p.m. in London/3 p.m. in Philly)
P – Santana w/Pat Metheny
L – Elton John
P – Ashford & Simpson w/T. Prendergrass
L – Elton John and Kiki Dee (9:05 p.m. in London/4:05 p.m in Philly)
L – Elton John, Kiki Dee, and Wham!
P – Madonna
L – Mercury and May
L – Paul McCartney
L – McCartney, Bowie, Townshend, Moyet, and Geldof
L – U.K. Finale (9:56 p.m. in London/4:56 p.m. in Philly)

Tom Petty (5:14 p.m.)
Kenny Loggins
The Cars
Neil Young (6:07 p.m.)
The Power Station
The Thompson Twins
Eric Clapton (7:39 p.m.)
Phil Collins
Plant, Page, and Jones (8:13 p.m.)
Duran Duran
Patti LaBelle
Hall & Oates w/Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin
Mick Jagger (10:15 p.m.)
Jagger and Tina Turner
Bob Dylan/Keith Richard/Ron Wood (10:39 p.m.)
U.S. Finale (10:55 p.m.)

It was simply amazing to an 11 year-old in Shreveport, Louisiana to see all of this music performed. We will never see a lineup like that again playing that kind of quality of music again. It’s amazing that it happened and I know I was fortunate to see it; to recognize I was watching something monumental that mattered and was doing good for the world.

If you haven’t seen the Live Aid documentary, Against All Odds, Google it – the whole thing is on the You Tube.

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