Today marks the 25th anniversary of Live Aid, the Bob Geldof-organized African famine relief concert that remains one of the cultural signposts of the ’80s. For readers of this site, the event — seen by more than 1 billion people worldwide — is perhaps best remembered as the tipping point in U2’s ascent from college-rock upstarts to global superstars. Above is the clip of U2 performing “Bad” at London’s Wembley Stadium, one of the group’s defining concert performances, and the moment, in many ways, that everything changed for the band.



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