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Live Aid (literalment, 'Ajuda en Directe') va ser dos concerts simultanis realitzats el 13 de juliol de 1985 a l'Estadi Wembley de Londres (Anglaterra) i a l''Estadi J. F. K de Filadèlfia (Estats Units) per recaptar fons en benefici de països de l'Àfrica oriental, en concret, d'Etiòpia i de Somàlia. Pocs mesos abans, es va publicar la cançó We Are the World per la mateixa causa.

Història[modifica | modifica el codi]

La regió àrida del nord d'Etiòpia es va veure sotmesa a una greu sequera entre 1983 i 1985 i que comportà la mort massiva de la població per manca d'aliments i aigua insuficient. Durant aquest anys la zona era coneguda com «l'infern de la terra».

La cadena de televisió BBC va emetre un programa on s'explicava el que estava passant, fet que motivar al músic i actor Bob Geldof a viatjar per conèixer sobre el terreny el que estava passant a Àfrica i posteriorment a crear la fundació Band Aid Trust, que s'encarregaria de gestionar i distribuir tota l'ajuda que es recaptés gràcies als dos concerts.

Per captar l'atenció del món, Geldof i el seu amic Midge Ure, cofundador de la fundació i cantant de Ultravox, van posar-se en contacte amb alguns dels artistes europeus més importants de l'època. Molts d'ells van acceptar l'oferiment d'esdevenir membres de manera voluntària de la Band Aid. Van gravar el 1984 el Do They Know It's Christmas?, cançó que va tenir un èxit mundial, i el We Are the World, cançó gravada en 1985 pels artistes homònims dels Estats Units; ambdós es van convertir en els grans himnes de la Live Aid.

La varietat dels artistes i el seu gran nombre de seguidors va fer que l'esdeveniment fos un gran èxit de públic. Els concerts es van convertir en un dels grans esdeveniments musicals de la dècada.

La recaptació va superar els 100 milions de dòlars, el concert va ser retransmès en directe via satèl·lit a més de 72 països i va ser un dels esdeveniments musicals més vists a tot el món.

En memòria d'aquest concert, el 13 de juliol va ser declarat el Dia Mundial del Rock.

Participants i llista de reproducció[modifica | modifica el codi]

London Wembley Stadium[modifica | modifica el codi]

Artistes Cançons Hora
Coldstream Guards "Royal Salute"
"God Save the Queen"
Status Quo "Rockin' All Over the World"
"Don't Waste My Time"
The Style Council "You're the Best Thing"
"Big Boss Groove"
"Walls Come Tumbling Down"
The Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
"Drag Me Down"
"Rat Trap"
"For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
Adam Ant "Vive Le Rock" 13:00
Ultravox "Reap the Wild Wind"
"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
"One Small Day"
Spandau Ballet "Only When You Leave"
Elvis Costello "All You Need Is Love" 14:07
Nik Kershaw "Wide Boy"
"Don Quixote"
"The Riddle"
"Wouldn't It Be Good"
Sade "Why Can't We Live Together"
"Your Love Is King"
"Is It a Crime"
Phil Collins
Branford Marsalis
"Driven to Tears"
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"Message in a Bottle"
"In the Air Tonight"
"Long Long Way to Go"
"Every Breath You Take"
Howard Jones "Hide and Seek" 15:50
Bryan Ferry
David Gilmour (a la guitarra)
"Boys And Girls"
"Slave to Love"
"Jealous Guy"
Paul Young "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (intro)
"Come Back and Stay"
"That's the Way Love Is" (with Alison Moyet)
"Every Time You Go Away"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
"Bad" (with snippets of "Satellite of Love", "Ruby Tuesday",
"Sympathy for the Devil" and "Walk on the Wild Side")
Dire Straits "Money for Nothing" (with Sting)
"Sultans of Swing"
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Radio Ga Ga"
"Hammer to Fall"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions"
David Bowie
Thomas Dolby (al teclat)
"TVC 15"
"Rebel Rebel"
"Modern Love"
The Who "My Generation"/"Pinball Wizard"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
Elton John "I'm Still Standing"
"Bennie and the Jets"
"Rocket Man"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael)
"Can I Get a Witness"
Freddie Mercury
Brian May
"Is This the World We Created?" 21:48
Paul McCartney "Let It Be" (with backing vocals for the ending by Bob
, David Bowie, Pete Townshend & Alison Moyet)
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 21:54


Philadelphia JFK Stadium[modifica | modifica el codi]

Performer(s) Performed song(s) Time
Bernard Watson "All I Really Want to Do"
Joan Baez "Amazing Grace"/"We Are the World" 9:02
The Hooters "And We Danced"
"All You Zombies"
Four Tops "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"
"It's the Same Old Song"
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen"
Black Sabbath "Children of the Grave"
"Iron Man"
Run–D.M.C. "Jam Master Jay"
"King Of Rock"
Rick Springfield "Love Somebody"
"State of the Heart"
"Human Touch"
REO Speedwagon "Can't Fight This Feeling"
"Roll With the Changes"
Crosby, Stills and Nash "Southern Cross"
"Teach Your Children"
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
Judas Priest "Living After Midnight"
"The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Bryan Adams "Kids Wanna Rock"
"Summer of '69"
"Tears Are Not Enough"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
The Beach Boys "California Girls"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
"Good Vibrations"
"Surfin' U.S.A."
George Thorogood and the Destroyers "Who Do You Love?" (with Bo Diddley)
"The Sky Is Crying"
"Madison Blues" (with Albert Collins)
Simple Minds "Ghost Dancing"
"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
"Promised You a Miracle"
The Pretenders "Time the Avenger"
"Message of Love"
"Stop Your Sobbing"
"Back on the Chain Gang"
"Middle of the Road"
Pat Metheny
"Primera Invasion"
"Open Invitation"
"By the Pool"/"Right Now"
Ashford & Simpson "Solid"
"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
(with Teddy Pendergrass)
Madonna "Holiday"
"Into the Groove"
"Love Makes The World Go Round"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "American Girl"
"The Waiting"
Kenny Loggins "Footloose" 17:30
The Cars "You Might Think"
"Just What I Needed"
"Heartbeat City"
Neil Young "Sugar Mountain"
"The Needle and the Damage Done"
"Nothing Is Perfect (In God's Perfect Plan)"
The Power Station "Murderess"
"Get It On"
Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now"
"Revolution" (with Madonna, Steve Stevens & Nile Rodgers)
Eric Clapton
Phil Collins (a la bateria)
"White Room"
"She's Waiting"
Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"In the Air Tonight"
Jimmy Page
Robert Plant
John Paul Jones
Tony Thompson (a la bateria)
Paul Martinez (al baix)
Phil Collins (a la bateria)
"Rock and Roll"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Stairway To Heaven"
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
"Daylight Again/Find The Cost of Freedom"
Duran Duran "A View to a Kill"
"Union of the Snake"
"Save a Prayer"
"The Reflex"
Patti LaBelle "New Attitude"
"Forever Young"
"Stir It Up"
"Over the Rainbow"
"Why Can't I Get It Over"
Hall & Oates "Out of Touch"
"Get Ready" (with Eddie Kendricks)
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (with David Ruffin)
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
"My Girl" (with Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin)
Mick Jagger
Hall & Oates
Eddie Kendricks
David Ruffin
Tina Turner
"Lonely At the Top"
"Just Another Night"
"Miss You"
"State Of Shock"/"It's Only Rock 'n Roll
(But I Like It)
" (reprise) (with Tina Turner)
Bob Dylan
Keith Richards
Ronnie Wood
"Ballad of Hollis Brown"
"When the Ship Comes In"
"Blowin' in the Wind"
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 22:55


  • Jack Nicholson introduced Joan Baez
  • Chevy Chase introduced Black Sabbath
  • Chevy Chase introduced REO Speedwagon
  • Jack Nicholson introduced Bryan Adams
  • Marilyn McCoo introduced The Beach Boys
  • Bette Midler introduced Madonna
  • Don Johnson introduced Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Chevy Chase introduced Kenny Loggins
  • Jack Nicholson & Bette Midler introduced Phil Collins