Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985, and an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people).
Bob Dylan played at 22:39 on the USA concert. There were some controversy about his remarks about spending some of the money on farmers in need in the US.
James Roger McGuinn (born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942)known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds‘ records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Byrds.
Arthur Kane (February 3, 1949 – July 13, 2004) was a musician best known as the bass guitarist for the pioneering glam rock band the New York Dolls. He stated in the 2005 documentary film New York Doll that his nickname, Arthur “Killer” Kane, was inspired by the first article written about the Dolls in which the journalist described Kane’s “killer bass” playing. He also suggested that it was inspired by the adversary of (the 1930′s science fiction hero) Buck Rogers, a villainous character named Killer Kane. In addition to his bass playing, Kane was known for his subculture fashion sense and for uttering original aphorisms in a his uniquely-toned voice.
Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985.
The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium inLondon, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. 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
Bruce Springsteen played a great concert at The Bottom Line, New York, NY, USA, July 13, 1974.
Two shows, 8:30pm and 11:30pm, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining. As noted on the pre-concert advertising material, singer-songwriter Jeffrey Comanor opened for Springsteen, performing a short set. Recollections differ however, and he may not have appeared at all six shows of the three day stand. The above-listed 12-song setlist is believed to encompass a complete performance and is taken from an audience recording of reasonable quality. This audio can be found in its entirety on the CD ‘No Money Down’ (Winged Wheel) and is likely to be from the second show, although this hasn’t been verified. This audience tape also circulates as ‘Watch The World Explode’ (Kivak Master Series). This is a transfer from the master cassettes. This show includes what are currently the earliest circulating live renditions of opener “Then She Kissed Me”, “Born To Run” (note the work-in-progress lyrics) and Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down”.
“Still, Live Aid and Farm Aid are fantastic things, but then musicians have always done things like that. When people want a benefit, you don’t see them calling dancers or architects or lawyers or even politicians – the power of music is that it has always drawn people together”
~Bob Dylan (to Mikal Gilmore – Sept 1985)
To kick-off this series of posts about the “True Confessions Tour”, I need to start the year before.. in 1985.
Dylan (together with Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood) did one of his worst live performances ever at the “Live Aid” concert @ the JFK stadium in Philadelphia on 13 July 1985. All three were drunk & they couldn’t hear themselves because the stage monitors had been switched off.
The Ballad of Hollis Brown – Live Aid 1985:
We were sabotaged, in some kind of way. There was no way we could really perform there. It’s difficult to play if you can’t hear.
~Bob Dylan (to Bob Brown – about the performance)