PAUL ADAMS Listening Theme 37 - Live Aid 25

Listening Theme 37 – Live Aid 25

To mark the 25th Anniversary of Live Aid (13th July 1985) I’m going to try to listen to an album by each performer at the London and Philadelphia
Live Aid concerts*

The only rule is the album must have been released BEFORE the bands Live Aid performance. For instance, U2 performed at Wembley but instead of listening to The Joshua Tree which wasn’t to be released for another couple of years after Live Aid, I could listen to The Unforgettable Fire (their current album at the time) or any album in their back catalogue
up to that date.

Here’s the line up:

So what albums should I listen to by those artists?  Was anyone there?  What were your highlights?

* before Ben interjects by saying there was a concert in Sydney, Australia (and several others in Europe come to that) I’m going to stick to Wembley and JFK Stadiums only!
Also, before anyone suggests that I should start with the Band of the Coldstream Guards as they ‘officially’ were the first band to perform, I’ve looked on we7 and the only album there was released in 2009 (phew!). I’m starting with some Quo!

Cheers, Paul

9 comments to PAUL ADAMS Listening Theme 37 – Live Aid 25

  • Paul Adams

    Here’s a list of the albums I’ve listened to so far:

    Wembley Stadium, London

    STATUS QUO: Rockin’ All Over The World
    THE BOOMTOWN RATS: The Fine Art of Surfacing
    ADAM ANT: Friend or Foe
    ULTRAVOX: Quartet
    SPANDAU BALLET: Journeys to Glory
    ELVIS COSTELLO: My Aim Is Trues
    NIK KERSHAW: The Riddle
    SADE: Diamond Life
    STING: The Dream of the Blue Turtles
    PHIL COLLINS: Face Value
    BRANFORD MARSALIS (performed with Sting and Phil Collins): Scenes In The City
    HOWARD JONES: Humans Lib
    BRYAN FERRY: These Foolish Things
    DAVID GILMOUR (performed with Bryan Ferry): David Gilmour
    Paul Young: -
    Alison Moyet (performed with Paul Young): -
    U2: War
    DIRE STRAITS: Love Over Gold
    QUEEN: A Night at the Opera
    THOMAS DOLBY (performed with David Bowie): The Golden Age of Wireless
    THE WHO: Who’s Next
    ELTON JOHN: A Single Man
    KIKI DEE (performed with Elton John): I’ve Got The Music In Me
    Wham! (performed with Elton John): -
    Paul McCartney: -

    JFK Stadium, Philadelphia

    Bernard Watson: – never made an album as far as I know
    Joan Baez: -
    THE HOOTERS: Nervous Night
    The Four Tops: -
    BILLY OCEAN: Suddenly
    BLACK SABBATH: Paranoid
    RUN-D.M.C: King of Rock
    RICK SPRINGFIELD: Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me
    REO Speedwagon: -
    CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH: Crosby, Stills and Nash
    JUDAS PRIEST: British Steel
    BRYAN ADAMS: Reckless
    THE BEACH BOYS: Pet Sounds
    Bo Diddley (performed with George Thorogood and the Destroyers): -
    Albert Collins (performed with George Thorogood and the Destroyers): -
    Simple Minds: -
    THE PRETENDERS: Pretenders
    SANTANA: Abraxas
    PAT METHENY: New Chautauqua
    ASHFORD & SIMPSON: I Wanna Be Selfish
    TEDDY PENDERGRASS (performed with Ashford & Simpson): Heaven Only Knows
    MADONNA: Like a Virgin
    KENNY LOGGINS: High Adventure
    THE CARS: Heartbeat City
    Neil Young: -
    THE POWER STATION: The Power Station
    THOMPSON TWINS: Quick Step and Side Kick
    Steve Stevens (performed with Thompson Twins): – solo album not released until after Live Aid (1989)
    Nile Rodgers (performed with Thompson Twins): -
    ERIC CLAPTON: Slowhand
    Led Zeppelin: -
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: -
    DURAN DURAN: Duran Duran
    Patti LaBelle: -
    HALL & OATES: H20
    EDDIE KENDRICKS (performed with Hall & Oates): Keep On Truckin’
    David Ruffin (performed with Hall & Oates): -
    Mick Jagger: -
    Tina Turner (performed with Mick Jagger): -
    Bob Dylan: -
    Keith Richards (performed with Bob Dylan): -
    Ronnie Wood (performed with Bob Dylan): -
    LIONEL RICHIE: Lionel Richie

    Help me fill in the gaps, what albums do you recommend? (remember they must have been released BEFORE Live Aid).


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