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Medical staff spray concert fans with cool water from hoses during the Live Aid concert for famine relief at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. July 13, 1985. A fan in the front row, center, wears a t-shirt of the band The Hooters.

July 15, 2017

A look back in pictures: 32 years since Live Aid brought thousands to Philadelphia

This week marked more than three decades since Live Aid, a day-long charity concert for famine relief in Africa, drew in the attention of millions across the world. 

The big day, sometimes called  "Eighties Woodstock," took place 32 years ago on July 13, 1985, with two main events happening simultaneously at London's Wembley Stadium and the former John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia.

Thousands – 90,000 in Philly, alone – attended the concerts that brought in stars like Eric Clapton in Philly, David Bowie in the U.K. and Phil Collins who made the transcontinental trek to perform in both cities. 

But, even more watched. About 1.5 billion people from 100 different countries tuned to their TV sets to watch the concert that raised $245 million for the good cause. 

Whether you were there or not even born yet, here are some pictures of the excitement captured by the Associated Press. Prepare for a throwback.





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Singer Joan Baez, onstage at right, opens the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., July 13, 1985.


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A shouting fan, wears a Coca-Cola cocaine parody shirt in the crowd, during Live Aid concert for famine relief at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. July 13, 1985.




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Actress and singer Madonna sings on stage at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., July 13, 1985, during the Live Aid concert.


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From left, John Oates, G.E.Smith and Daryl Hall perform collectively as Hall and Oates onstage at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa. for the Live Aid famine relief concert July 13, 1985.


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Tina Turner reacts as Mick Jagger grabs her tight during their duo at the Live Aid concert Saturday night in Philadelphia, July 13, 1995


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British Heavy Metal band, Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, center, and guitarist Tony Iommi, right, perform on a massive outdoor stage during the Live Aid concert for famine relief at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. July 13, 1985.


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Eric Clapton performs at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, July 13, 1985.


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Actor Jack Nicholson, left, greets singer Joan Baez onstage, during the Live Aid concert for famine relief at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. July 13, 1985.


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American singer-actor Rick Springfield performs before large crowd at Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia Pa., July 13, 1985.


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Thousands of people sit on the ground at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., July 13, 1985, during the Live Aid concert.