Concert Details

11 June 1988 – Eric Clapton with Dire Straits


Venue: Wembley Stadium

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Band Lineup:

EC & Dire Straits Lineup
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Mark Knopfler – guitar / vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
Guy Fletcher – keyboards
John Ilsey – bass
Terry Williams – drums
Chris White – saxophone

Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute – Acts In Order Of Appearance
Farafina Drummers
George Michael
Arnhelmland Dancers
Amabutho Male Chorus
Lenny Henry
Al Green
Joe Cocker
Jonathan Butler
Freddie Jackson
Ashford &Simpson
Natalie Cole
Fry & Laurie
Tracy Chapman (1st Appearance)
Wet Wet Wet
Tony Hadley
Joan Armatrading
Midge Ure and Phil Colins
Paul Carrack
Paul Young
Curt Smith
Bryan Adams
Bee Gees
Jonas Gwangwa
Salif Keita
Youssou N’Dour
Jackson Browne and Youssou N’Dour
Sly & Robbie with Aswad
Mahlathini and the Mahotella Wueens
UB40 and guest Chrissie Hynde
Whoopi Goldberg
Tracy Chapman (2nd Appearance)
Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba
Courtney Pine and IDJ Dancers
Simple Minds
Simple Minds with guests Peter Gabriel, Steven van Zandt, David Sanborn, Jerry Dammers
Harry Enfield
Whitney Houston
Derek B
Stevie Wonder
Fat Boys with Chubby Checker
Billy Connolly
Dire Straits with Eric Clapton
Jessye Norman

Show Notes:

The day-long Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (11 hours) at London’s Wembley Stadium was broadcast on radio and television worldwide. Organized by Artists Against Apartheid, it was in support of the Anti-Apartheid movement. In America, it was billed as “Freedomfest” as the network broadcasting it refused to use the concert title. It is also referred to as the “Free Nelson Mandela Concert”.

Set List:

EC & Dire Straits Set:
01. Walk Of Life
02. Sultans Of Swing
03. Romeo And Juliet
04. Money For Nothing
05. Brothers In Arms
06. Wonderful Tonight
07. Solid Rock

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