Live Aid - July 13th, 1985
In the summer of 1985 former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof convinced the Who, Black Sabbath, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Led Zeppelin to reunite in order to raise money for victims of the Ethiopian famine. It was the first time Zeppelin had played together since Bonham died. Phil Collins and Tony Thompson of Chic handled the drums. "It was horrendous," Plant told Rolling Stone in 1988. "Emotionally, I was eating every word I had uttered. And I was hoarse. I'd done three gigs on the trot before Live Aid. We rehearsed in the afternoon, and by the time we got onstage, my voice was gone." Making matters worse, Jimmy Page's guitar wasn't even in tune. Few people seemed to care. Led Zeppelin was playing "Stairway to Heaven" again, and nobody cared how bad it sounded. "Everyone was congratulating themselves for being there, because that's what they always wanted," said Plant. "Yet there are a lot more important things to want than Page and I staggering around again in Philadelphia, me hoarse and him out of tune."