32 years later, Live Aid still Gen X's greatest moment
Has it really been 32 years since Live Aid? Seems like it was just a month ago I was jammed inside my college dorm's TV lounge, trying to find a clear signal for the broadcast from London. All around me, a generation stayed glued to the tube until the final notes rang out late that night from Philadelphia.
Our parents had Woodstock. But we have Live Aid. And I'm cool with that. (The Millennials? What do they have? Coachella? No thanks. Nice try, kiddos.) A lot of things changed in the music world after Live Aid. U2 became a must-see live act after their epic performance of Bad. Duran Duran took a much needed sabbatical after a croacky vocal performance by Simon Le Bon. And The Who began was was surely the first of maybe 50-some reunion efforts. In the midst of it all, we all kept the focus on helping people far less fortunate than us. (Maybe that's a lesson we should embrace again these days.)
Back in 2010, the Stuck in the '80s gang gathered to record a tribute to Live Aid for its 25th anniversary. We had a blast remembering the highs (and a few lows) from that magical day. The result is still one of our favorite shows to date. Listen, remember, and enjoy.