It Was 30 Years Ago.
Live Aid. The biggest concert on the planet. Almost every rock and roll act in the world came together in the biggest music event we’d ever seen. 16 hours of continuous concert in two locations — JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, and Wembley Stadium in London. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.
If you’re old enough to remember, it was a dream day for music fans. INXS, Phil Collins performed in both locations — after performing Against All Odd and In The Air Tonight, plus a duet with Sting at Wembley Stadium, he hopped the Concorde to The US, drumming for Led Zeppelin at the Philadelphia Concert. Cher was with him on the flight. According to Phil, Cher asked what was going on and whether he could get her on the Live Aid broadcast. He told her to just turn up, so she did. Joining in the finale song We Are The World.
Wham, Mick Jagger and Tina Turner performed. So did Queen, the Who, Led Zepplin who had not performed at all anywhere since the death of Jon Bonham.
U2 was one of the bands that performed. They had 20 minutes and what happened in those 20 minutes changed the history of the band. Bono thought he would be fired because of it.
As mentioned in this article from Rolling Stone the band intended to play three songs. One of them their first big hit Pride (In the Name of Love). But what Bono did changed everything.