Six Moments That Defined Live Aid 1985

Sources: Inside Halton – By Robin Levinson King | All Things Michael

On its 30th anniversary, a look back at the charity concert of epic proportion.


On July 13, 1985, rock n’ roll’s biggest stars put on a charity concert of epic proportion. Organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, Live Aid raised money for Ethiopian famine relief while showcasing rock n’ roll legends and rising stars alike.

Simulcast from both Wembley Stadium in London and JFK stadium in Philadelphia, the show was seen by billions worldwide, raised millions for charity, and more cynically, boosted record sales for many of its performers.

On its 30th anniversary, here are six moments that defined that concert.

1. “We are the World”

This charity song, written in 1985 by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, would come to define the spirit of Live Aid. Sung by supergroup USA for Africa, practically anyone who was anyone in the 1980s contributed vocals to the track.

The song closed out the Philadelphia set during Live Aid, although many of its original performers did not make it to the taping, including Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper.

Flash forward: In just a year, the song raised $44 million (U.S.) and the song continues to earn money for charity to this day.

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