Benefit concerts that have marked the history of the music |

Although none had counted with the participation of the artists from the living room of their houses as the One World: Together at Home, these live shows will be remembered forever.

By Vanessa Velasquez // @vanessavm_

The music is, and always has been, a tool that not only entertains, but which connects us with the other. Throughout the story we found in it a powerful channel for communicating and a tool to unite our forces for causes that deserve our attention and union.

This Saturday, April 18, in the midst of the global pandemic of the Covid-19, Global Citizen, Lady Gaga and the WHO joined together to organize the event known as “One World: Together at Home”, a transmission that will bring together singers, actresses and actors, and celebrities worldwide in order to give a boost of support to all who are on the front line of combat against the Coronavirus.


While the time comes to connect, let’s remember a few massive concerts and charity which showed us that united we are stronger.

Live Aid (1985)

The Live Aid from 1985 is perhaps the first benefit concert that comes to the head. Performed on the 13th of July simultaneously in London and Philadelphia, the superevento promoted by Bob Geldof and backed by the best rock and pop bands of the time was organized with a purpose in mind: to raise funds to combat the famine in the african continent. It collected an estimated $127 million dollars during the event.

The concert in London is still one of the great names of the shows in mass. With the participation of names iconic as Queen, The Who, U2, Sting, David Bowie, Elton John and Paul McCartney, among others. In Philadelphia, also participated several heavyweights such as Black Sabbath, Simple Minds, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Tina Turner.

America: a tribute to heroes (2001)

After the terrorist attacks of 9-11, the television networks of america, CBS, NCB, ABC and Fox joined forces, under the command of Joel Gallen and with the support of George Clooney, to organize an event type telethon to raise funds, specifically earmarked for the fire brigade and the Police of the city of New York, who were in the first line of defense during the emergency. On the 21st of September, 10 days after the attack in a set of minimalist decorated only with a band and thousands of lit candles, singers and actors gathered to do a tribute to the victims, interpret some songs and ask the public for donations.

Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion were some of the performers that participated in the event. It is estimated that the event raised a few $150 million dollars.

Live 8 (2005)

20 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof returned to organize a superevento music. This time taking place simultaneously in London, Philadelphia, Berlin, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall, Rome, Berie, Edinburgh, and Chiba. What the purpose? Motivate the countries that comprise the G8 to fight, together, world poverty. Some of the artists who participated in these 10 concerts simultaneous are Madonna, U2, Keane, Elton John, Will Smith, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Deep Purple, Celine Dion, Green Day, a-ha, Pet Shop Boys, Laura Pausini and many more. Time to highlight: the concert of London and after 24 years of being separated, Pink Floyd returned to play with their original lineup.

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Live Earth (2007)

Inspired by Live Aid, Live 8 and other concerts performed so far, the former us vice president Al Gore and the tycoon media Kevin Wall decided to organize the Live Earth, a series of concerts to be held simultaneously on July 7, 2007 in eleven countries around the world. What the purpose? To create awareness about the impending impact of climate change on the planet, invite people to take actions to reduce their carbon footprints, seek out sources of more energy-efficient, planting more trees and, in general, take actions that will contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change in the short term.

The concerts were to be held in Johannesburg, New Jersey, Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Chiba, Kyoto, Shanghai, Sydney, London, Rome and Hamburg. Counted with the participation of artists very varied, among which were Metallica, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Blunt, Roger Waters, Akon, Bon Jovi, UB40, Linkin Park, Rihanna, Shakira, Lenny Kravitz and many more.

Hope for Haiti Now (2010)

After the earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti, Hollywood celebrities gathered together to do a telethon at the global level to collect funds to meet the humanitarian emergency. This telethon, promoted in the first instance by George Clooney (who also managed the telethon in honor of the rescuers of 9-11), Wyclef Jean and the television producer Joel Gallen, was transmitted on January 22, 2010 and raised approximately $58 million on that date. With the participation of hundreds of celebrities that are alternated between receiving the calls of the donors, or perform songs and invite viewers to donate. Among them were Beyonce, Shakira, Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, Taylor Swift, Tom Hanks and Rihanna.

In addition to receiving donations during the broadcast, it has compiled an album with 19 of the interpretations made during the night. They also released a DVD of the event. The profits of both products are also added to the donations made to 7 humanitarian organizations that have helped rebuild the country.

One Love, Manchester (2017)

The 4 June 2017 was held One Love Manchester, a charity concert organized by Ariana Grande to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack of may 22 at the Manchester Arena. Collected funds for the emergency fund of Manchester and to the families of the victims of the attack. The concert was attended by Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Chris Martin and Katy Perry. The collection was of more than 2 million pounds with the sale of their tickets. It was aired through the television networks of the United Kingdom and the united States, in addition to social networking platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, adding more than 76 million views.

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