A viral photo shows a massive crowd at an iconic 1985 concert in London, not at a rally for President Trump in Philadelphia, as a meme claims.
“No, this is not Live Aid,” the meme claims. “This is a Trump rally in downtown Philly yesterday. Why isn’t the media showing this???”
The photo in question has been doctored to display Trump campaign signage over that for the concert. The unadulterated image is available through the photography website Shutterstock; it was also shared in 2014 on a Facebook page dedicated to Live Aid. A similar image from the same vantage point of the concert can be seen on Getty Images.
The iconic show drew an estimated 72,000 to the London venue on July 13, 1985, for a lineup that included Queen, U2, Elton John and David Bowie. Some 100,000 people also attended the show at Philadelphia’s since-demolished JFK Stadium. The dual-venue event raised millions to assist with the famine in Ethiopia.
This isn’t the first time that images of crowds have been misused in this way. We recently debunked a false claim that an image showed another Trump rally in Pennsylvania. That picture was actually from Woodstock.
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“Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – 1985.” Rex Features. Accessed 17 May 2019.
Thomas, Holly. “33 years later, Queen’s Live Aid performance is still pure magic.” CNN. Nov 2018.