One Festival Track A Day Turns Summer Into Holiday – GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…

On 13th July 1985, 35 years ago today, the massive concert marathon LIVE AID was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the immensely dramatic Ethiopian famine.

Announced as the ‘global jukebox’, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London for 72,000 people, and at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of 89,500. And an audience of 1.9 billion TV viewers across 150 nations, that’s nearly 40% of the world population!

Probably the most explosive performance in Philadelphia was by GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS with a rousing and steamy rendition of Elmore James‘ blues classic MADISON BLUES. And when ALBERT COLLINS, the master of the Telecaster, joined him the heat turned up even more. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Manic blues electricity…

GEORGE THOROGOOD: Facebook

One Festival Track A Day Turns Summer Into Holiday – QUEEN Outscored Every Act At LIVE AID 1985

Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…

13 July 2020

On 13th July 1985, 35 years ago today, the massive concert marathon
LIVE AID was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for
the immensely dramatic Ethiopian famine.

Announced as the ‘global jukebox’, the event was held simultaneously
at Wembley Stadium in London for 72,000 people, and at John F.
Kennedy Stadium
in Philadelphia with a crowd of 89,500. And an
audience of 1.9 billion TV viewers across 150 nations, that’s nearly
40% of the world population!

The performance everybody remembers is the one by QUEEN with the late FREDDIE MERCURY – the greatest rock ‘n roll showman that ever walked this planet – as the royal hero in the middle. Elton John who had to go on stage after them said “I can’t follow this!“. The rhapsodic highlight was RADIO GA GA. Freddie mesmerized the crowd in a way only he could. 144.000 hands went in the air, clapping to the terrifically catchy mega-hit.

C’mon Freddie

QUEEN: Website

‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ By STATUS QUO – Opening Song At LIVE AID LONDON 35 Years Ago Today…

Top singles from the past…

13 July 2020

Band: Status Quo
Active: since 1962
Single: Rockin’ All Over The World
Originally written by John Fogerty,
released in 1975 peaking
at #27 in the US
B-side: Ring Of A Change
Released: 1977
Score: #3 in the UK
Album: Rockin’ All Over The World

35 years ago today, on 13 July 1985, the Quo started the Live Aid marathon
in Wembley station in London in support of the dramatic Ethiopian famine.

Roll on Quo

John Fogerty‘s original…

R.I.P. Rick Parfitt