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July 13th, 1985

Live Aid was a double concert given in London and Philadelphia on July 13, 1985, by mostly American and British artists, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds to relieve the ongoing Ethiopian famine of that year - there, and more discreetly the research and fight against AIDS (with a hidden reference in the word Aid “s”). The event raised $127 million. 

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Gathering artists and groups like Queen, U2, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Wham!, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, Sting, Madonna, Status Quo, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Hall & Oates, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Santana, Nile Rodgers, The Beach Boys, Duran Duran, David Gilmour, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and even The Four Tops. Groups like Eurythmics or Tears for Fears, who would normally have participated, were ultimately unable to be present for various reasons. Phil Collins plays in London then takes the Concorde to play in Philadelphia.

This event mainly takes place at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. It is broadcast by many television channels around the world. It is estimated that 2 billion people have followed it in more than 100 different countries, while around 90,000 people are present for each concert. Other concerts are also organized in this same context, such as in Australia (Oz for Africa) with the participation of INXS, or in Germany. Its success inspired the song The Tide is Turning by Roger Waters.

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