July 13, 2011

History Lesson: Live Aid Concert

On July 13, 1985, Live Aid is opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Wembley Stadium in London.  Live Aid is the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats.  After hearing news about the horrific famine in Africa and traveling to Ethiopia, he put together Live Aid to raise awareness of this crisis.

Live Aid was a 16 hour "superconcert" that was globally linked via satellite.  The majority of the artists performed at Wembley Stadium or at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium.  At the end of the "superconcert" they had raised $125 million for famine relief for Africa.

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