On July 13th, 1985 an ongoing music-based fundraiser inspired the first dual-venue benefit concert in music history. The Live Aid initiative, encouraged like-minded performances around the world and was the largest-scale television broadcast of its time. Live Aid brought together an estimated audience of around 1.9 billion people across 150 nations while over 170,000 people attended the concerts themselves.
Many recognize Live Aid as one of Queen’s most memorable performances of their time. However, many forget about the long list of superstars who also took the stage. Looking back, it seems as though every major rock act on Earth played at this transcontinental event. Big names such as Elton John, Madonna, U2 and Bob Dylan were all on the Live Aid lineup. This was probably the only time in history that so many stars were seen together on one stage. Here is a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the 1985 Live Aid concerts.