Status Quo - Rockin All Over The World (Live Aid 1985)

It was July 13, 1985 – The first LIVE AID Rock Concert

It was July 13, 1985 – The first LIVE AID Rock Concert; 35 years ago today, the greatest concert of all time took place: when the world made an extraordinary success at the first ‘Live Aid’ rock concert for charity.

35 years ago today, the greatest concert of all time took place: It was July 13, 1985, when the world made an extraordinary success at the first ‘Live Aid’ rock concert for charity.

It was July 13, 1985 – LIVE AID

The ambitious project signed by Bob Geldof, singer of the Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure leader of the Ultravox that manages to catalyze the worldwide attention on the famine in Ethiopia, and the fundraising exceeded the objectives widely, reaching a figure between 40 and 50 million pounds of the time.

In October 1984 Bob Geldof saw a news report detailing the horrific drought and famine in Ethiopia that was threatening to indiscriminately take the lives of 30 million men, women, and children. Determined to help these defenseless people that had no voice of their own, Bob and Midge Ure quickly teamed up and set a process in motion that led to one of the biggest fundraising initiatives ever.

The concert developed on two main locations, one at the Wembley Stadium in London which counted the presence of about 72 thousand people and one at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, which counted around 90 thousand.

Each of the two lives ended with its own symbolic song played by a stellar cast.
In Britain it was Band-Aid to close with “Do they know It’s Christmas”

Band-Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Live Aid 1985)

In the United States, however, the hymn that arose in the air was the unforgettable “We are the World” by the maxi group of all-stars USA for Africa.

USA For Africa – We Are The World (Live Aid 1985)

Other places were Sydney and Moscow.
That LIVE AID proved to be the biggest satellite link and the biggest TV show ever.

Almost 2 billion viewers watched the television broadcast from 150 countries for an unprecedented event.

In Europe, the BBC thought about spreading the concert while an overseas contribution came from ABC. Furthermore, a simultaneous and completely separate live broadcast was provided to the American public via cable by MTV.

The live officially opened at 12.01 with the performance of the Status Quo. The concerts lasted a total of 16 hours.

Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World (Live Aid 1985)
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Live Aid 1985)

We make you see some of the most beautiful songs from the concert:

Dire Straits / Sting – Money For Nothing (Live Aid 1985)
Sting – Roxanne (Live Aid 1985)
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (Live Aid 1985)
U2 – Bad (Live Aid 1985)
Queen – Radio Ga Ga (Live Aid 1985)
Queen – We Are The Champions (Live Aid 1985)
David Bowie – Heroes (Live Aid, 1985)

An unsuccessful connection between the United States and London was foreseen for Mick Jagger and David Bowie, therefore a duet not performed. Jagger regained the stake from Philadelphia along with Tina Turner.

Mick Jagger & Tina Turner – State Of Shock (MTV – Live Aid 7/13/1985)

The most curious case involved Phil Collins who performed in two different locations on two different continents. Transfer in record time thanks to the use of the then in super jet Concorde activities. The former Genesis performed first in London than in Philadelphia.

Sting / Phil Collins – Every Breath You Take (Live Aid 1985)
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (Live Aid 1985)
Led Zeppelin – (Live Aid 1985)
01. Rock and Roll 02. Wole Lotta Love 03. Stairway to Heaven
Eric Clapton – Layla (Live Aid 1985)
Paul McCartney – Let It Be (Live Aid 1985)

This rare footage shows absolutely fascinating, never-seen-before insights into the backstage preparations and activities before, during, and after the show. It features many of the world’s most renowned music artists rubbing shoulders and uniquely captures the excitement of the day:

Live Aid – Rare Backstage Impressions (13th July, 1985)

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