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In 1985, the 20th Greatest Year In Music, it was all about Live Aid

Photos via facebook.com/liveaid1985

This post originally was published on July 13th, 2015.

Like most people, I experienced Live Aid not in the massive crowd of Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium thirty years ago today, but in the televised broadcast that had people watching around the world.

The all-day concert was held in London at Wembley Station and Philadelphia at JFK Stadium; it was organized by musicians Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure of Ultravox to raise money for the people of Ethiopia. The country was experiencing a famine due to drought – among other factors. After the success of their charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?” – as well as Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” – the time was right to strike while the giving iron was hot. Continue reading →

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Ten videos and 30 years of memories from Live Aid Philadelphia

Photos via facebook.com/liveaid1985

Like most people, I experienced Live Aid not in the massive crowd of Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium thirty years ago today, but in the televised broadcast that had an audience watching around the world.

The all-day concert was held in London at Wembley Station and Philadelphia at JFK Stadium; it was organized by musicians Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure of Ultravox to raise money for the people of Ethiopia. The country was experiencing a famine due to drought – among other factors.  After the success of their charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?” – as well as Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” – the time was right to strike while the giving iron was hot.   Continue reading →

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Take a video trip down memory lane for Live Aid on July 13, 1985

Robert Plant & Jimmy Page via AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page via AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy
Today is the 28th anniversary of Live Aid held in the UK at Wembley Stadium and at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. We don’t need any round number excuses to take a trip down memory for one of the greatest concert events ever held in Philly. Madonna, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Four Tops, Hall & Oates, Run DMC, The Hooters, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Dylan, the Pretenders, The Beach Boys and many more performed on Saturday, July 13, 1985 for an incredible cause. Here are video highlights of which there were many:


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