35th Anniversary of Live Aid

Today, July 13, 2020 is the 35th anniversary of the concert spectacle known as Live Aid. The concert, put into motion by Bob Geldof (who was the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats and is also well-known for playing the role of Pink in Pink Floyd’s The Wall film), was a benefit to raise money for Ethiopian famine. With simultaneous venues in London at Wembley Stadium and in Philadelphia at JFK Stadium, Live Aid hosted more than 150,000 fans at both sites, and featured performances from a “reunited” Led Zeppelin with Phil Collins on drums, U2, David Bowie, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Madonna, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and too many more to name. But the show was stolen by Queen who rocked out with a set including Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and We Are the Champions. Queen’s performance was so legendary that album sales of their three-year old (at the time) Greatest Hits record rose 55 places back into the Top 20.