Rock N’ Roll Diary: July 13

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July 13, 1985 was the famous Global Jukebox happening known as Live-Aid, held on two stages in Philadelphia and London. What band started off the entire day’s event?

Answer: Status Quo

Here’s the rest of the Rock N’ Roll Diary for today:

  • 1973: The self titled debut LP from Queen was released.
  • 1985: Queen was one of many bands that played on two stages, one in London and the other in Philadelphia, for the benefit of Bob Geldof’s “Band-Aid” charity to feed the starving millions in Africa.  Entitled “Live-Aid”, the 16 hour concert was broadcast around the world to over a billion and a half people, including behind the iron curtain.  Highlights included the reunions of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the Who, plus a set by Paul McCartney and also Mick Jagger with Tina Turner.
  • 1992: Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  A live album was released from that gig.
  • 1995: Geddy Lee of Rush sang “Oh Canada” before the All-Star Game at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
  • 2000: Yoko Ono filed a copyright infringement suit against a rapid transit company in Japan because it was using an unauthorized portrait of John Lennon on its tickets.
  • 2007: Queen guitarist Brian May was in the Canary Islands for the “first light” ceremony marking the initial use of the great canary telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1970: The Grateful Dead played Harvard Stadium.
  • 1977: E.L.P. was at the Boston Garden.
  • 1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played Manchester, NH, with the Georgia Satellites.
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