It was 30 years ago today that musicians in England and the United States held the Live Aid concerts to raise funds for relief of the Ethiopian famine.
The event—billed as “the global jukebox”—was held simultaneously in London’s Wembley Stadium and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. It was one of the largest-scale satellite linkups and TV broadcasts up to that time, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion watching in 150 countries.
The concerts featured many great artists of the day, several of which are still going, including U2, the Who, Judas Priest, Queen (with Adam Lambert), and the Pretenders—as well as a few who are no longer open for business, such as Dire Straits and Led Zeppelin.
One of the highlights for guitarists was Eric Clapton’s performance on the Philadelphia stage. Backed by a band that included Genesis drummer Phil Collins, Slowhand played versions of the Cream classic “White Room,” the Derek and the Dominos hit “Layla” and his solo track “She’s Waiting,” from his then-new album, 1985’s Behind the Sun.
We’ve collected the three Clapton performances for you below.