There were rumors that more than one Beatle, maybe all three, would close out Live Aid on July 13, 1985, 27 years ago today.
After singing the song once, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Alison Moyet and and Bob Geldof came out and sang next to him. McCartney and Townshend hoisted Geldof on their shoulders after one final song in tribute to his concert dream becoming a reality.
McCartney's finale was the exclamation point on a day long fest in London and Philadelphia that included such highlights as the Who, Bryan Ferry (who closed his set with a cover of John Lennon's “Jealous Guy”), Neil Young, a Led Zeppelin reunion with Phil Collins on drums, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Bob Dylan with Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Mick Jagger with Tina Turner and a set by Freddie Mercury and Queen that still shines as one of rock's best moments. It was a day and night that lives on in music history.
By: Steve Marinucci