Concert Details

13 Jul 85 - Eric Clapton


Venue: John F. Kennedy Stadium

City: Philadelphia

State/Province: PA

Country: United States

Band Lineup:

Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Tim Renwick – guitar
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn – bass
Phil Collins – drums
Jamie Oldaker – drums
Marcy Levy – backing vocals
Shaun Murphy – backing vocals

Show Notes:

Live Aid was a dual-venue concert organized 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 in Wembley Stadium in London (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia (attended by about 99,000 people).

Phil Collins performed at both Wembley Stadium and JFK, utilizing Concorde to get him from London to Philadelphia. In addition to his own set at both venues, he also played drums for Eric Clapton and the Led Zeppelin reunion at JFK Stadium.

It was the most ambitious international satellite television venture up to that time. Throughout the concerts, viewers were urged to donate money to the Live Aid cause. The UK broadcast and global television feed was provided by the BBC, which aired the concert commercial-free. In the US, two different feeds were available – one from ABC-TV and a stereo feed from MTV, but both featured commercials. An estimated 2 billion viewers in 60 countries watched the live television broadcast.

The 16 hour long event was also broadcast on radio by BBC Radio 1 and the ABC Radio Network.

Set List:

01. White Room
02. She’s Waiting
03. Layla
04. We Are The World (All Star Finale)


Wembley Stadium – London

  • Coldstream Guards: Royal Salute, God Save The Queen (12:00)
  • Status Quo: Rockin’ All Over the World, Caroline, Don’t Waste My Time (12:02)
  • The Style Council: You’re the Best Thing, Big Boss Groove, Internationalists, Walls Come Tumbling Down (12:19)
  • The Boomtown Rats: I Don’t Like Mondays, Drag Me Down, Rat Trap, For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow (sung by the audience) (12:44)
  • Adam Ant: Vive Le Rock (13:00)
  • Ultravox: Reap The Wild Wind, Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, One Small Day, Vienna (13:16)
  • Spandau Ballet: Only When You Leave, Virgin, True (13:47)
  • Elvis Costello: All You Need Is Love (14:07)
  • Nik Kershaw: Wide Boy, Don Quixote, The Riddle, Wouldn’t It Be Good (14:22)
  • Sade: Why Can’t We Live Together, Your Love Is King, Is It A Crime (14:55)
  • Phil Collins and Sting with Branford Marsalis: Roxanne, 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 (15:18)
  • Howard Jones: Hide And Seek (15:50)
  • Bryan Ferry (with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on guitar): Sensation, Boys And Girls, Slave To Love, Jealous Guy (16:07)
  • 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 (16:38)
  • U2: Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bad (with snippets of Satellite Of Love, Ruby Tuesday, Sympathy For The Devil and Walk On The Wild Side) (17:20)
  • Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (with Sting), Sultans Of Swing (18:00)
  • Queen (introduced by comedians Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones): Bohemian Rhapsody/Radio Ga-Ga, Hammer to Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions (18:44)
  • David Bowie (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards): TVC 15, Rebel Rebel, Modern Love, Heroes (19:22)
  • The Who (introduced by Jack Nicholson): My Generation/Pinball Wizard, Love, Reign O’er Me, Won’t Get Fooled Again (20:00)
  • Elton John (introduced by Billy Connolly): 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 and backing vocals by Andrew Ridgeley), Can I Get a Witness (20:50)
  • Finale:
  • Freddie Mercury and Brian May (Queen): Is This The World We Created? (21:48),
  • Paul McCartney: Let It Be (21:51),
  • Band Aid (led by Bob Geldof): Do They Know It’s Christmas? (21:54)

JFK Stadium – Philadelphia

  • Bernard Watson: All I Really Want to Do, Interview (13:51)
  • Joan Baez (introduced by Jack Nicholson): Amazing Grace/We Are the World (14:02)
  • The Hooters: And We Danced, All You Zombies (14:12)
  • The Four Tops: Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over), Bernadette, It’s The Same Old Song, Reach Out I’ll Be There, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (14:33)
  • Billy Ocean: Caribbean Queen, Loverboy (14:45)
  • Black Sabbath (introduced by Chevy Chase): Children Of The Grave, Iron Man, Paranoid (14:52)
  • Run-D.M.C.: Jam Master Jay, King Of Rock (15:12)
  • Rick Springfield: Love Somebody, State Of The Heart, Human Touch (15:30)
  • REO Speedwagon: Can’t Fight This Feeling, Roll With The Changes (15:47)
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash: Southern Cross, Teach Your Children, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (16:15)
  • Judas Priest: Living After Midnight, The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown), You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (16:26)
  • Bryan Adams (introduced by Jack Nicholson): Kids Wanna Rock, Summer Of ’69, Tears Are Not Enough, Cuts Like A Knife (17:02)
  • The Beach Boys (introduced by Marilyn McCoo): California Girls, Help Me, Rhonda, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Good Vibrations, Surfin’ USA (17:40)
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers: Who Do You Love (with Bo Diddley), The Sky Is Crying, Madison Blues (with Albert Collins) (18:26)
  • Simple Minds: Ghost Dancing, Don’t You (Forget About Me), Promised You A Miracle (19:07)
  • The Pretenders: Time The Avenger, Message Of Love, Stop Your Sobbing, Back On The Chain Gang, Middle of the Road (19:41)
  • Santana and Pat Metheny: Brotherhood, Primera Invasion, Open Invitation, By The Pool/Right Now (20:21)
  • Ashford & Simpson: Solid, Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) (with Teddy Pendergrass) (20:57)
  • Madonna (introduced by Bette Midler): Holiday, Into The Groove, Love Makes The World Go Round (21:27)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (introduced by Don Johnson): American Girl, The Waiting, Rebels, Refugee (22:14)
  • Kenny Loggins: Footloose (22:30)
  • The Cars: You Might Think, Drive, Just What I Needed, Heartbeat City (22:49)
  • Neil Young: Sugar Mountain, The Needle And The Damage Done, Helpless, Nothing Is Perfect, Powderfinger (23:07)
  • Power Station: Murderess, Get It On (23:43)
  • Thompson Twins: Hold Me Now, Revolution (with Madonna, Steve Stevens and Nile Rodgers) (00:21)
  • Eric Clapton with Phil Collins: White Room, She’s Waiting, Layla (00:39)
  • Phil Collins: Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), In The Air Tonight (01:04)
  • Led Zeppelin Reunion with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Tony Thompson, Paul Martinez, and Phil Collins: Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Stairway To Heaven (01:10)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Daylight Again / Find The Cost of Freedom (01:40)
  • Duran Duran: A View to a Kill, Union Of The Snake, Save A Prayer, The Reflex (01:45)
  • Patti LaBelle: New Attitude, Imagine, Forever Young, Stir It Up, Over The Rainbow, Why Can’t I Get It Over (02:20)
  • Hall & Oates: Out Of Touch, Maneater, 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 and David Ruffin) (02:50)
  • Mick Jagger (with Hall & Oates / Eddie Kendricks / David Ruffin): Lonely At The Top, Just Another Night, Miss You, State Of Shock/It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) (with Tina Turner) (03:15)
  • Finale:
  • Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood: Ballad Of Hollis Brown, When The Ship Comes In, Blowin’ In The Wind (03:39),
  • USA for Africa (led by Lionel Richie): We Are the World (3:55)

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