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May 25, 2018

27 Intimate Photos of Celebrities From Backstage at Live Aid in 1985

Live Aid was a dual-venue benefit concert held on 13 July 1985, and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.

Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people).

On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Canada, Japan, Yugoslavia, Austria, Australia and West Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time; an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.

These intimate photos from kubacheck were taken by Dr. Jeff Fine that show celebrities from backstage at Live Aid in 1985.

Madonna and Sean Penn

Mick Jagger

MTV VeeJay Alan Hunter

Neil Young

Ozzy Osbourne

Phil Collins on the big screen

Phil Collins

Ric Ocasek (looks like Lou Reed at left signing an autograph)

Squirting the crowd

Teddy Pendergrass

The Live Aid crowd

The Live Aid medical staff

The stage from the crowd

Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins)

Tom Petty

Backstage at Live Aid (looks like they're setting up)

Billy Ocean

Carlos Santana

Cher (looks like Randy Newman to her right)

Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates)

Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Jack Nicholson

Joan Baez

John Oates

Kenny Loggins

Live Aid logo



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