Live Aid (1985)

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The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history.



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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson ...
Himself (as Big Country)
Mo Amin ...
Himself - Photographer
Tom Bailey ...
Himself (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ...
Big Country ...
Black Sabbath ...
Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ...
Andrew Bown ...
Himself (as Status Quo)


This show features Live Aid, the biggest benefit concert in history. Taking place simultaneously in two seperate stadiums in the USA and the UK, many of the top contemporary rock music acts play many of their most popular songs to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. In addition, short films illustrating the crisis in Africa are run with the appeal for aid. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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The Day The Music Changed The World See more »


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Release Date:

13 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Музыкальный фестиваль Live Aid  »

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Did You Know?


Bruce Springsteen was approached to appear at the Wembley portion of the show, but he refused. He later admitted that he could have done a brief acoustic set and later regretted not performing on that day. See more »


Phil Collins: Why am I playing at both Wembley and Philadelphia? Because I'm mad, that's why.
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Featured in Live Aid Remembered (2005) See more »


Written by Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor and John Taylor
Performed by Power Station
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Gem of humanity
29 November 2004 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

Finally, we got the DVD! I bought it 2 days ago and watched it almost the whole Sunday. I was turning 19 that year and the event meant nothing but the brightest gem on the gleamy crown of the 80's optimism, happiness, joy, global spirit and most of all - search for ultimate humanity. There's no need to emphasize that LIVE AID (and everything else connected to it) is the singular event of the rock'n'roll history, greater then anything seen before or after. Not only for the plead of the spectacular names that joined the effort, but mainly for the cause and the relevance of it. It's probably the only time in our history when people joined hands globally to help people in need. Thank Sir Bob for the good you brought us and unforgettable moments of our lives.

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