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December 21, 2014

Pictures of Bands On Stage during the 1985 Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans.

Organized in just 10 weeks, Live Aid was staged on Saturday, July 13, 1985. More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton. The majority of these artists performed at either Wembley Stadium in London, where a crowd of 70,000 turned out, or at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium, where 100,000 watched. Thirteen satellites beamed a live television broadcast of the event to more than one billion viewers in 110 countries. More than 40 of these nations held telethons for African famine relief during the broadcast.

The Prince and Princess of Wales in the Royal Box after opening the Live Aid concert.

Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof performs on stage.

Alison Moyet and Paul Young on stage during the Live Aid charity concert.

Freddie Mercury of Queen on stage during the Live Aid.

Singer Bryan Ferry performing during the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, London.

Rock star Bono, the 25-year-old lead singer with the Irish group U2, performing at the Live Aid concert in July this year.

Leader of Dire Straits rock band, Mark Knopfler performs at the Live Aid concert.

George Michael of Wham performing at Live Aid.

Singer Sade performs on stage.

Adam Ant performing.

Left to right: Bono of U2, Paul McCartney, and Freddy Mercury of Queen, during the finale.

Elvis Costello performing on stage. Elvis Costello performing on stage.

British and Irish singers perform on stage at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, London, England, on July 13, 1985. From left are George Michael of Wham, Bob Geldolf, Bono of U2, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Andrew Ridgley of Wham! and Howard Jones.

British singer David Bowie performs at Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium.

British pop singers Phil Collins, left, and Sting are shown on stage during the Live Aid concert held at London’s Wembley Stadium, England, July 13, 1985.

Paul McCartney,center with arm raised, joins in the finale of the London Live Aid Famine Relief Concert in London on July 13, 1985. Others, from left, are George Michael of Wham; Harvey Goldsmith, concert promoter; Bono of U2 (face obscured); McCartney; Bob Galdof, organizer; Freddie Mercury of Queen; and unidentified backing singer.

The Sting, right, joins the Dire Straits group during the Live Aid famine relief concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, July 13, 1985. At left is Dire Straits lead singer Mark K. Knopflen.

Elton John at the piano during the Live Aid Concert.

David Bowie performs on stage. The backing singer on the left is Tessa Niles.

The Who perform at the Live Aid concert, Wembley Stadium, London.

Roger Daltrey (l) and Pete Townshend reunited on stage as The Who at the Live Aid concert.

Bono, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury were among pop stars to join in Live Aid.


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