Live Aid concert will probably be remembered as the Woodstock of the 1980's. It
consisted, mainly, of a televised concert in Wembley Stadium, London, and the
JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The point of the concert was to raise money for one
of the worst famines ever seen in Africa.
Live Aid concert was the brainchild of Boomtown Rats lead singer, Bob Geldof,
whose enthusiasm for the concert was probably the main reason that the whole thing
ever actually happened.
total amount raised would be around $50million (£30million).
technical achievement of the BBC in pushing this concert to over 1.5billion homes
in 160 country should not be underestimated. They were working at the very extremes
of the technology of the day, and the amount of preparation for the concert was
day began in London at 12 midday with a fanfare for Prince Charles and Princess
Diana. Status Quo sang first: "Rocking All Over The World".
on the bill included David Bowie, Wham and Dire Straits. In fact anyone who was
anyone in 1985's pop world were part of this event.
the US concert acts included Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys and a young Madonna.