Wow, I can't believe it's been 25-years since Live-Aid, the Woodstock of the MTV Generation.
The brainchild of Bob Geldof, Live Aid was organized to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Top British and US acts of the day performed simultaneous concerts at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium. Geldof, and his Boomtown Rats, performed at Wembley Stadium.
I think I still have a VHS tape around somewhere of the last few hours of the show. I had to go to work at Skip's and wanted to make sure I saw the Led Zeppelin reunion. Turns out Robert Plant's voice was shot to hell and they sounded like crap.
Remember the MTV "VJ's" hosting the event? Remember how Phil Collins flew from England to the US on the Concorde so as to sit in on drums with Led Zeppelin, becoming the only performer to play in both shows on both continents? Exciting times. I still remember how they cameras rolled as the Concorde landed, and Collins walking across the tarmac to be whisked off to make his set. I remember Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers being introduced by Don Johnson before ripping into "American Girl", Mick Jagger and Tina Turner performing "It's Only Rock & Roll." Seems funny some of the bands that performed, bands that have since faded away but were lucky enough to be popular at the right time in history, thereby getting a chance to participate in something epic. As a young 20-year old, I also felt that our generation was a part of something epic, and while there ended up being a bit of controversy, and accusations regarding where the money went, the spirit of the day remains intact.
Nice job, Sir Bob.