Live Aid (Band Aid)

Live Aid Band Aid Benefit 1984

Live Aid was a two-concert show in 1985 as a follow-up to the hit song "Do They Know It's Christmas", which was released in 1984 by a charity supergroup known as Band Aid.  Band Aid was formed to raise money to fight hunger in Ethiopia.  Contributors to the song included names like Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Bananarama, Spandau Ballet, Bono (U2), Boy George, George Michael, Sting, and many others.

The two main Live Aid concerts were conducted simultaneously in Great Britain and the USA, although there were satellite shows in Australia and Germany as well.  The UK one was at Wembley Stadium in London at started at 12 PM, and the other main concert started at 7 AM at JFK Stadium in Philly (USA).  At Wembley, over 72k fans listened to bands like Adam Ant, Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, Sting, Dire Straits, Queen, U2, Paul McCartney, and Elvis Costello.  At JFK, a packed house of 100k fans listened to performers like Billy Ocean, Black Sabbath, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon, Judas Priest, Bryan Adams, George Thorogood, Madonna, Tom Petty, Kenny Loggins, the Cars, Duran Duran, Hall and Oates, and many more.  It was estimated that over 1.9 billion people across 150 countries watched the live TV broadcast.