In 1985, the legendary concert Live Aid took place simultaneously in the UK and the US (and other countries like Japan, Germany contributed live shows). This event was the first collaborative effort to support relief aid in Africa. It was a major success, with about 1.9 billion viewers watching on the live broadcast.
While we mostly remember the show for Queen, Led Zeppelin (not listed as a group), The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the other major rock greats, there was some blues representation at the shows.
The blues artists who performed were:
- BB King (performing from Holland)
- Eric Clapton (performing from USA)
- George Thorogood and The Destroyers (performing from USA), with Albert Collins and Bo Diddley.
Here's a video for each of the performers at the gig:
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS