35 Years Ago Today – 89,000 People Watch Live Aid at J.F.K. Stadium in South Philly

Live Aid took place 35 years ago today.

Can you believe it?

I was 10 months old so obviously I didn’t make it, but I’m really jealous of Philly sports and music fans who went it down to J.F.K. Stadium to see what might be the best musical lineup to ever share a single stage in this city.

It was a benefit concert, Live Aid, held in both Philadelphia and London, organized to raise money for hunger relief in Africa. The event pulled 72,000 spectators at Wembley and 89,400 in South Philly, while the live broadcast reached almost 2 billion people in 150 countries. Philly later hosted another similar event in 2005, called Live Eight, which was another benefit held on the 20th anniversary of the original gigs.

This lineup was bonkers. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Judas Priest, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash were all on the bill. Each artist played only a handful of songs before giving the stage to the next act.

I’m told by folks who were there that J.F.K. was something like 95 degrees on that day, just a total scorcher. But I would have braved any degree temperatures to be in the crowd for performances like these:

You lucky bastards. I’m so jealous.

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