On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organised to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans.
Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to 110 nations. Organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the event drew an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers and raised over $125 million.
Among the artists who performed at Wembley were Elton; Status Quo; Sting; Bryan Ferry; Queen; Dire Straits; U2; the Who; and David Bowie.
In Philadelphia, the players included Billy Ocean; Black Sabbath; Bryan Adams; the Beach Boys; Simple Minds; Duran Duran; and Madonna.
Thanks to Concorde, Phil Collins appeared at both sites.