U2 at Live Aid, 1985

Let me indulge in a brief bit of nos­tal­gia for a sec.  Some­how my once way­ward friends and I scored tick­ets to Live Aid back in 1985, which meant that we got to spend a scorch­ing day at Philly’s JFK Sta­di­um, watch­ing live acts that includ­ed Led Zep­pelin, Eric Clap­ton, Cros­by, Stills, Nash & Young (leav­ing aside a campy Bowie and Jag­ger video). But some­how what still stands out for me are two acts piped in from Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Sta­di­um —  U2’s 12 minute ver­sion of  “Bad” (below), which launched the band into inter­na­tion­al star­dom, and, yes, Queens’ set: Bohemi­an Rhap­sody & Radio Gaga, Ham­mer To Fall & Crazy Lit­tle Thing Called Love (also below), and We Will Rock You/We Are the Cham­pi­ons.

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