30th anniversary of Live Aid

I’m a day late on this one, but I had a deadline at work and they pay me, so…

Anyway, yesterday was the 30-YEAR anniversary of Live Aid, a concert held on July 13, 1985 that was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds to help those affected by the Ethiopian famine. The concert was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and was watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide (200,000 in person between both places).

It’s pretty incredible to see the list of artists who performed that day (click here for list).

And guess who was on this pretty incredible list? Yes, the subject of this blog. He sang: “Love Somebody,” “State of the Heart” and “Human Touch.” (Did you notice what song is not on that list – yes THAT one. See, he does have other hit songs!)

Here are videos from that day – 30 years (and one day) ago:

All together now:
“We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me.”

(I had forgotten that Michael Jackson wrote “We are the World” but I do remember how popular that song was and how exciting it was to see so many artists perform it together.)