Sunday, July 13, 2008

On this Day (in 1985)

On July 13, 1985, Live Aid, the concert for famine relief was held simultaneously in Philadelphia and London. The concert was organized by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats, and included a veritable who's who of rock and roll royalty, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Madonna, and Queen to name a few. In 2005, to mark the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, Bob Geldof organized Live 8, a series of concerts in various G8 countries. Whereas Live Aid raised funds (supposedly over $70 million) for famine relief, the Live 8 concerts were meant to raise awareness of poverty in lesser developed nations.

Here's Queen, with the brilliant Freddie Mercury, performing at Live Aid in 1985.