Live Aid! 34 years later

34 years ago! Where did the time go. Interesting to see who in the video is still alive, Willie Nelson is now 87! It seems the weed has kept him long-lived, still excellent voice with its medicinal value but his face has crumpled like mine. Ugh. 🙄🤣

Live Aid 1985 was billed as the ‘global jukebox’.  The event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London England attended by 72,000 people and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pennsylvania attended by 100,000 people. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was  officially opened in London by Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Joan Baez, who performed at JFK simultaneously as part of the event, told the crowd “this is your Woodstock and it’s long overdue”.  The event was linked by global satellite to more than 1 billion viewers in 110 nations. The event raised more than $125 million for famine relief in Africa. This was the brainchild of Bob Geldorf of the Irish rock band Boomtown Rats. Do They Know It’s Christmas was written by Geldorf and collaborator and performed by Band-Aid that featured Culture Club, Duran Duran and more. The song was a top best selling single in Britain and raised more than $10 million. Do They Know It’s Christmas was the number one hit in the US and inspired the artists to come together for ‘We Are the World’ written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. The ensemble of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Geldorf, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen,  Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and many others. It went to the top of the charts raised $44 million.  Other performers in 1985 included Elton John, Queen, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Bryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Most of these artists performed at the Wembley Stadium performance. Freddie Mercury stole the show with a fierce performance captivating the audience.  Geldorf was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts.

A moment in time. 💕

And then, Freddie Mercury stole the show!


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